Local teen inspires others to feed thousands through Mountaire’s Thanksgiving drive

Milford teen Colby Johnson hopes the community will step up for Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands campaign. He is seen here with Artisans’ Bank Vice President and Area & Branch Manager Deanna Smith and Milford Mayor Archie Campbell. Both have committed to placing boxes out for collections. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

The idea of providing a holiday meal to people less fortunate than many has Colby Johnson of Milford working hard as fall begins.

As the teen ambassador for Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands program, he wants to encourage the central Delaware community, especially its youth, to participate in the program that spans the Delmarva peninsula.

“It’s always better to give to one another than receive,” he said.

Both Artisans’ Bank Vice President and Area & Branch Manager Deanna Smith and Milford Mayor Archie Campbell agreed. Ms. Smith has arranged for the placement of donation boxes at each Artisans’ Bank location from Dover on down. Mayor Campbell placed one at the city hall in Milford.

Colby hopes to deliver more empty boxes for the Thanksgiving for Thousands program in businesses and classrooms all over the community and collect them by Nov. 10, filled with any combination of needed supplies. Mountaire is collecting boxes of stuffing mix and brownie mix, and cans of corn, string beans, yams, cranberry sauce and gravy. Monetary donations are also accepted toward the cause.

For box delivery, Colby can be reached at 302-422-1086. See more about his story in the Nov. 1 issue of The Chronicle.

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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