BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – It’s been a rough year for almost everyone. As cases surge it doesn’t appear this chapter will be closing anytime soon. The Capital Area American Heart Association wants to help.

Kerin Spears is the executive directorfor the organization’s Baton Rouge chapter. . She says the pandemic hit people hard with economic failures and emotional ones too.

“The things that caused food insecurity in the past have just tripled at this point,” Spears says.

This holiday season it may be difficult for families to put food on the table for a regular dinner let alone Thanksgiving.

“People have lost their jobs. People may not have access to grocery stores where they live,” Spears says. “So it’s very important that we support especially during the holiday season the people that need our help.”

So the organization partnered with students and faculty at capital high school to help out. They’ve got 600 hundred boxes of food to give away. There wasn’t any turkey in these boxes, but families could find frozen chicken and several heart-healthy ingredients.

In the back of the school a full garden of fresh vegetables to pick from. Normally these are put up for sale, but in light of the pandemic, it’s on the house.

A few blocks away another holiday give away another giveaway. Krystle Pierre the owner of Kalexis Fashion House was successful her online store stayed strong while other business owners struggled.

“I feel like when the pandemic happened a lot of people lost jobs, businesses went down. A lot of people are hurting,” Pierre says.

Her idea to give back was a turkey drive for families less fortunate. It also her way to say thank you.

“I’m really happy to have done this for the community.”