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Thankful for good neighbors

King George’s Thanksgiving program set a record last year, when volunteers gave out turkey and the trimmings to 371 families.

On Tuesday, volunteers will break that record by helping at least 431 King George families.

“We have just had an outpouring of sponsors, it’s been wonderful,” said Tracy Curtis with the Department of Social Services which coordinates the program. “To be honest, I was panicking a couple weeks ago, I didn’t know I was going to get all these boxes filled.”

Churches, civic groups, businesses at the Navy base in Dahlgren and school clubs have stepped up to help. They’ve donated money or filled boxes and clothes baskets full of food themselves. The items will be distributed on Tuesday morning at the Masonic Lodge off U.S. 301.

Curtis is thinking of putting up a sign, reminding those receiving baskets that this isn’t a state-funded program.

“This could be your neighbor that’s helping you out, and I don’t think a lot of people know that,” she said.