Kids Pitch in to Help Family Turkey at Top of Grocery List for Youngsters

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BRUNSWICK -- Yva Williams, 4, cleaned her bedroom and the living

room and helped her mother in the kitchen of their home. Melvin

Roberts, 8, took out the trash and helped with yard work.

Yva, Melvin and 21 other Brunswick youngsters have done extra

household chores for the past few weeks to earn money so a

low-income Glynn County family, including four children, could

have a traditional Thanksgiving feast today.

"I like turkey. Everybody should have turkey. It's

Thanksgiving," Yva said in a solemn voice Tuesday as she and the

others went shopping to gather the makings for the dinner.

The youngsters -- all from the afterschool program operated by

the Brunswick Recreation and Parks Department -- raised $70 by

donating their weekly allowances and doing extra work.

Vanessa Booker, program coordinator, said half of the money was

being used for the needy family's dinner, while the rest was

spent on a holiday lunch yesterday for parents of the children

in the after-school program, Booker said.

"This is the second year that the children in the program have

done this," Booker said. "They all have been working hard and

saving their money. They've been real excited about it."

Taking turns steering a shopping cart generally taller than

most of them, the children methodically cruised the supermarket

aisles. Pausing only to compare prices, the youngsters selected

the turkey, fresh fruit, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, canned

vegetables, cornbread stuffing, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. …