SALISBURY, Md. - School's out for Thanksgiving break in Wicomico County.
But before students and faculty left, Mardela Middle and High School on Tuesday they packed up boxes of food for families struggling financially this holiday.
The project started decades ago initially collecting food for folks in Crisfield. But that all changed high school counselor Roland Finger says after the school noticed that "there was a need for families here."
Three years ago, they were helping 10 families. Now, they're feeding a dozen more.
Finger says most families get about 50 pounds worth of food, including a three pound ham, 15 pounds of venison and various canned goods. Finger says they hope the food lasts families all the way through Christmas.
"We never know what's going to happen in our life circumstances and so this opportunity for us to help families to at least lessen the load, lessen the stress during the holiday season," said Finger. "It's very rewarding."
The goodwill goes beyond the classrooms this holiday season. In Salisbury, Cathedral of Love Church is one of the many non-profits across Delmarva, whipping up home-cooked Thanksgiving dinners.
Elder Craig Wilson tells WMDT the church is expecting close to 200 people to attend on Thursday and church members are already preparing dinners.
"No matter what's going on, if you just lost your job [we wanted to help out]," said Wilson. "We're just grateful and humble that we're able to provide this to our community."
The dinner takes place on Thursday at 11 AM-1 PM at 423 E Church St in Salisbury. Wilson says volunteers are welcome to come out and would need to be at the church at 10 AM, an hour before the dinner.
Check out WMDT's Community Calendar to see other events happening throughout the Eastern Shore this Thanksgiving.