Many local families simply can’t afford the price of a Thanksgiving Day meal, which can make the holidays a pretty discouraging time of year. However, thanks to hundreds of volunteers almost 2,000 needy families will now have something to look forward to.

On Saturday morning volunteers from seventeen different organizations gathered at Forge for Families for the annual Boxes of Love event. Big brown boxes are stuffed with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more, then paired with a turkey. Each care package will feed a family of six.

“We believe that it's an expression of God's kindness and love,” explained Dana Thomas, executive director at Forge for Families. “There are a lot of people who feel like they've been blesses and want to be able to be a blessing to others who are in need.”

Boxes of Love was started 7-years-ago in a man named Scott Brown’s garage.

“I've just learned that the most important things in life are loving and serving others,” said Brown.

The first year they were able to feed 50 families; this year 1,900 families will be fed.

“It's really fun to launch an idea like this,” explained Brown. “Started small and to see it grow just by the great attitudes of gratitude that we see in Houston.”

The boxes will be distributed through the participating organizations over the next few days. The food is courtesy private donations.

For more information about Forge for Families visit their website.