In the season of giving thanks, several charitable organizations are preparing to help the less fortunate with holiday feasts.
Over the past 21 years, First Baptist Church and other area churches have helped feed and minister to about 3,670 local area families to date.
Now in the 22nd year, the Emmanual Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of Mount Airy will be delivering turkey meals on Wednesday, Nov. 25 to needy families in the area.
Over the years the Joanne Jordan Memorial Meal Project has benefited around 13,925 children and adults.
According to Jim Redman, organizer for the meal project, “Volunteers are always needed to deliver the meals.”
Redman explained that although the project is coordinated through First Baptist, members of other congregations or simply helpers from the community are needed to stock vehicles and make the deliveries.
On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, a group of volunteers arrives early at the produce section of a local store, Walmart, to bag the food. Each meal consists of turkey, dressing, gravy, green beans, 12 dinner rolls and a pumpkin pie, feeding four to five people.
Some churches in the area often get involved by supplying funds for the project, with every $30 given representing the cost of one boxed meal, along with a copy of the New Testament.
Church groups or individuals wanting to make donations can stop at the church office on Main Street or mail a check, payable to “FBC-Thanksgiving Meals,” to First Baptist Church, 714 N. Main St., Mount Airy, NC 27030.
All donations go toward the project, with no administrative costs involved. Any amounts received over the initial targeted budget are used to buy more meals.
The First Baptist Church has also partnered with Friends of a Brighter Community and will host a free meal in the church’s fellowship hall.
This year Daris Wilkins Roemer has taken Melva Houston’s place as organizer of the free community Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Partnering with the Shephard’s House, Walmart, Olympia Restaurant and numerous individuals, the organization will provide a hot sit-down or take-out traditional turkey meal.
Mary Boyles, executive director of The Shephard’s House said, “We wanted to pay it forward,” explaining that throughout the year they receive so many people who want to help them, this was their way of giving back. “Our clients are able to feel like they have something to give, when they are at the lowest points in their lives.”
Boyles said that the children of the house will be making turkey center pieces for the tables at the community dinner. “It’s educational for the children, to teach them what Thanksgiving is all about, being thankful.”
Roemer said their greatest need for donations are turkeys. For more information about how to donate to Friends of a Brighter Community, contact Daris Wilkins Roemer at (336) 648-1690.
Other entities providing assistance for Thanksgiving meals include First Presbyterian Church of Mount Airy and The Salvation Army.
Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or on Twitter @MtAiryNewsEva