Adam Owens, a junior at THS and member of church of Christ at Cedar Lane’s youth group, volunteered to help put Thanksgiving boxes together on Monday night, Nov. 25.

The Thanksgiving holiday can be a difficult time for some, but a local nonprofit and two churches offered a helping hand on Monday night, Nov. 25. Good Samaritan, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and church of Christ at Cedar Lane offered food assistance in order for families in need to have everything they need for a Thanksgiving dinner.


Margaret Henderson, member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, volunteered to help out the church on Monday night, Nov. 25. She gave fresh produce to families in need.

St. Barnabas was able to get a list of over 65 families from regular clients of Good Samaritan. The nonprofit gave vouchers to the families who qualified and were invited to show up at St. Barnabas on Monday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each family was able to go around with a cart and personally choose what they wished to take home for their Thursday feast. Other items available were paper towels, toilet paper, tea, coffee, sugar and more to complete their meal. Kroger donated 100 baked goods for families to have a dessert option as well.

“We served over 65 families tonight,” St. Barnabas Outreach Coordinator Samantha Turner said. “We were able to give to 69. All of the other food either came from our church family or our endowment fund.”

The church of Christ at Cedar Lane also gave out Thanksgiving boxes the same night, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The church’s youth group held the event, coordinated by church member Genie Rogers.

The church’s youth pastor Jake Glover reached out to all of the local schools for names of families in need, and the youth group put together 100 boxes to give away. Church members donated the items to go into the boxes and Walmart donated the turkeys. The families were escorted around the church’s gym and were able to grab a bag and box and pick what they wanted from each table. Each box included a DVD that teaches one how to cook a turkey.


St. Barnabas Episcopal Church not only gave away boxes full of everything needed to cook a Thanksgiving meal to the less fortunate but they also helped take all of the goods to the families’ cars. Volunteers had carts stacked full of food to carry out.

The church also served a barbeque dinner to the families that showed up to get their boxes so that they would have a hot meal that night, too.

“It means a lot to help the community and bless people that need more this season,” Rogers said. “We are grateful that we are able to do it.”

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