Thanksgiving is just a few days away. A time for family and feast. And some people in our community may not be able to put food on the table on that special day. But one local church is making sure they can.
It was a cold Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t keep volunteers from standing in their church parking lot, directing cars and handing out baskets.
150 bags filled with everything families will need to prepare a full thanksgiving meal. For some, it might be some extra food on Thanksgiving, but for others, it will possibly be the only meal they will have.
“It’s going to provide a meal on our table,” said Gennifer Gavins “It means a lot because other wise we wouldn’t get it.”
Park Crest Baptist Church gave out 150 baskets to families who came to them through Wanda Gray Elementary and the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, or OACAC.
The baskets were filled with rolls, stuffing, mashed potatoes, even marshmallows, a few canned items and even a turkey.
The church used to offer dinner for its members and last year started extending a hand beyond their doors.
“We realized that there were a lot of other people outside of our church that needed help,” said Pastor Phillip Housley. “More than handing out food, it really has to do with showing people that we care about our community, and want to be a part of it. And help the people that are less fortunate than us.”
Pastor Housley says about 200 church members helped out in some way, including donating the food.
“There’s some people who are not here physically but were able to give. And some people who weren’t able to give, but are able to be here physically,” he said.
“It’s exciting just to know that you are making a difference,” said Debbie Kaiser, a volunteer who is also a Sunday School teacher at Park Crest.
While families left with a basket full of food, some say they also took with them a little Holiday Spirit.
“We really appreciate all they are doing,” said Gavins.
“Bringing a little bit of hope when we are having a rough time,” said Ann Hampton.
Pastor Housley says they also had teams delivering some of the baskets to the homes of those who couldn’t drive to the church.