Sheila Jefferson, founder and CEO of BOATT says it feels good to be a blessing to others in need. “I recognize that 2020 has been full of challenges for all of us, but the difficulties multiplied if you’re senior or have lost your job due to the Covid-19 pandemic.” Jefferson is also thankful to the many community partners who helped with this monumental task. Jefferson says without their help, she could not have been as successful. Organizations such as ERS Corp d.b.a (Environmental Remediation Services), the Sigma Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the BOATT Board, and U.S. Congressman Al Lawson and his staff.
Local non-profit BOATT (Blessing Others All the Time) partnered with U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) to provide 246 Thanksgiving baskets supporting families during this time of giving.
BOATT’s mission is to serve others with love by providing the daily necessities to those living on the streets and in underserved communities. This year marks the foundation’s second Thanksgiving basket giveaway and most expansive to date. Families of all sizes and backgrounds received the baskets full of Thanksgiving meal favorites along with a gift card to Wal-Mart.
Congressman Lawson says he is so proud of the work Jefferson has done through her organization and is hopeful the community is taking BOATT’s lead in helping others during this time of national crisis.
“During this time of year, we give thanks for the blessings we have in our lives,” Lawson said. “Unfortunately there are many families in our community who do not have enough food to put on the table this Thanksgiving. As we continue to battle this global pandemic, it is essential that we’re blessing to others and ensure our neighbors are taken care of this holiday season.”