More than 25 organizations came together to help make New Hope Human Services’ 10th annual Hope Fest a successful event. The festivities took place Nov. 13 at New Hope Baptist Church in Deltona, where organizations set up tents on the church lawn and attendees learned about various organizations and businesses.
There was food, too. In total, New Hope Human Services Executive Director Dot Bradley said, 300 bags of food were distributed to give 540 people lunch and bags of food to feed their families. The focus of the food drive was to get meals on tables for Thanksgiving. Not only were there nonperishable goods, but fresh vegetables and fresh meat for families to feast on.
“Your family can sit at the table and still have meat and vegetables,” volunteer Sheila Dixon told The Beacon.
Turnout was about the same as it has been in past years, Bradley said, but bringing together so many people and organizations from the community always puts a smile on her face.
Beacon photos by Noah Hertz