This Christmas season was extra special for many members of the Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy. The young ladies and their families volunteered at the 10th Annual Feed the Hungry Christmas Dinner at the National Guard Armory in Savannah on December 23, 2018.
Georgia State Representative Carl Gilliard founded the Feed the Hungry program many years ago. He and his family hosted the dinner that brought in hundreds of families who need a helping hand. “This is the largest sit down dinner in Savannah. The working poor is who we serve. With the help of many businesses and community partners, Feed the Hungry was able to provide hot meals, fresh produce and toys for up to 2000 children,” said Representative Carl Gilliard.
Dawn’s Daughter, LTD. got involved with the project this year because the founder, Dawn Baker, was looking for a way to reinforce the lessons about community service that are taught to members of the leadership academy. Dawn said, “Each year, during our leadership academy sessions, we make a point of talking to the young ladies about the value of community service and their responsibility to the community. We try to drive home the point that success is not only about money, receiving awards, and material things, but the true measure of a good and decent human being is serving and helping people who are less fortunate. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity for my ‘daughters’ to meet many of the people in our community who work every day, but are still struggling to make ends meet.
The young ladies and their families worked as servers and greeters. “I try to remember every time I come to something like this that I am lucky,” said Annabelle Horton. “It’s so important to give back to people who may not be as fortunate.” “I was overwhelmed by the students’ hard work and dedication. All of the young ladies and their families pitched in and helped anywhere they were needed. . I cannot tell you how proud I am to call these remarkable young ladies… my “daughters,” added Baker.
To learn more about Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy, please contact Dawn Baker at (912)721-7388. Applications will be available in the counselors’ offices at all public and private schools in Chatham, Liberty, Bryan and Effingham counties by January 31st. We invite all interested young ladies to join us.