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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • A community that keeps on giving

  • Despite a tough economic year for the Pulaski County area, an estimated 181 Thanksgiving baskets were given away to local families in need this holiday at Good Samaritan of the Ozarks.
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  • Despite a tough economic year for the Pulaski County area, an estimated 181 Thanksgiving baskets were given away to local families in need this holiday at Good Samaritan of the Ozarks.
    "We have asked the community for a lot this year," Good Samaritan Emergency Services Coordinator Vicki Hurlbutt said. "This is an amazing, giving community, but we've asked them for extra help this year with the flood, sequestration, furloughs, and now a lot of layoffs because of various businesses closing down."
    Hurlbutt said she is seeing that the August flood especially hurt some families who normally wouldn't be experiencing economic troubles this time of the year.
    "A few disaster relief families are struggling very hard," Hurlbutt said. "These are families that during other years would be on the other end and giving pies and turkeys. So this year has been extra challenging."
    But despite all the setbacks, Good Samaritan of the Ozarks was able to raise enough donations locally to give 181 families a Thanksgiving dinner.
    "I'm absolutely surprised we were able to give this many [baskets]," Hurlbutt said. "We even got more pies than usual this year."
    Volunteers from Waynesville High School and other groups spent Tuesday and Wednesday passing out the baskets.
    "This community is truly amazing," Hurlbutt said. "There were several volunteers who were disaster victims themselves who were giving back to the community."
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