31-year holiday tradition of giving continues in the Heartland - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

31-year holiday tradition of giving continues in the Heartland


A 31-year holiday tradition in the Heartland continued on Friday, December 18.

Craftsman Union International in Cape Girardeau made sure there were fewer people going hungry during the holidays. They gave 750 boxes of food to families in the Heartland.

They gave not just a few things to eat, but enough for a meal and a breakfast.

Some of the food was donated, but most of it was bought by union members and permittees.

"It's out of the goodness of every member's heart," said Billy Holly with Craftsman Union International. "It started with a bunch of guys and a big box, probably before 84, and we just bought canned goods and put in there and then it moved to the point that we're giving away three baskets, that's all we could afford, and then it got to five and it got bigger and bigger."

The group started at around 8 a.m. and finished up by noon.

We're told getting all of the meals ready is about a two-day process.

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