400 turkeys and hams given to families in Benton Harbor

Updated: Wed 7:04 PM, Dec 23, 2015

By: Yana Jones (WNDU)

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - The season of giving is in full force all across Michiana, including Benton Harbor. City leaders partnered with major area corporations to provide free food to those in need on Wednesday afternoon.

Benton Harbor's Mayor-elect Marcus Muhammad wanted to make sure his residents had something nice to put on the table this Christmas, so he reached out to Whirlpool and the Senior PGA Championship for support.

Together, along with the Southwestern Michigan Community Action Agency, volunteers handed out 400 turkeys and hams to area residents at the Dwight P. Mitchell Park.

"It makes me feel really good because this has never happened before that I can remember, and Marcus is doing a wonderful job, I am glad he was chosen to be mayor," says Betty Dumas, a resident of Benton Harbor.

"It's a good thing that he's doing for the community, reaching back out to the community... I see it as a two-way street, we support him, he support us," adds Sylvanius Ross, of Benton Harbor.

Muhammad came up with the idea a few weeks ago, after thinking about how he could help his residents during the season of giving.

"I like to be the unifier-in-chief, so to speak," he says. Muhammad wants to work with business leaders, city government, and area schools to collectively tackle issues and problems within Benton Harbor.

Residents were given a ticket voucher in line, and were able to choose between a turkey or a harm, on a first-come, first-served basis.

"I'm going to be able to feed my family and anybody that comes by is welcome, I'll feed anybody," says Dumas.

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