Local Churches Prepare for Thanksgiving
Area churches who work to alleviate hunger year-round ramp up their efforts during the holidays, so every family can have a turkey in the oven and a Thanksgiving spread on the table. At Crozet United Methodist Church, food pantry volunteers will give out turkeys along with other edibles Saturday, November 17 from 7 to 9 a.m., the monthly food pantry hours. Connie Herring, the food pantry coordinator, said the church would also provide turkeys to those in need during the weekly food pantry hours Monday, November 19, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Herring said the turkeys represent gifts from area churches and private donors. A large contribution of $1,000 came from the vendors at the farmers market who meet in the church parking lot on Saturday during the season.
The “Share the Blessing” campaign at Crozet Baptist Church is full steam ahead, said Tracey Pugh. Crozet Baptist has been collecting specific items since August. Meanwhile, schools are gathering updated referral information so that every family has a special meal.
Pugh said that Crozet Baptist is assisted by the Crozet Catholic Mission in this project, and that community businesses, friends and neighbors are always welcome to help by donating groceries, by helping with packing and distribution of the meals, and with financial contributions. On November 10, Crozet Market will have a grocery display and an opportunity to pick up grocery items needed for the boxes: Turkeys, boxed stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, large cans of green beans, boxed macaroni and cheese, canned cranberry sauce and frozen pie.
Pugh said turkeys and frozen pies are especially needed. Volunteers will pack Thanksgiving boxes Wednesday, Nov 14; and deliver them Nov 17. Information and sign-up to help is on the church’s website: crozetchurch.org/2018/09/04/share-the-blessing/).
Out in the country, volunteers from Emmanuel and Holy Cross Episcopal Churches join for the venerable monthly “bread fund” distribution of food to clients on the first Saturday of each month between the hours of 8-9:30 a.m. from the grounds of Holy Cross Church (2523 Craig’s Store Rd, south of Batesville).
On Saturday, November 3, the bread fund will hand out turkeys in addition to the regular food and produce. Nancy Avery, longtime bread fund volunteer, said volunteers from both churches will be distributing free coats and other winter clothing in the church basement at the same time the food is available.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, provides children around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys and hygiene items. The shoeboxes go to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations.
For the past five years, Crozet Baptist Church has been a center for the collection and distribution of the shoeboxes. Those wanting to participate can pick up a box, fill it with small children’s items, and return it to the church during national collection week, November 12-19. A website maintained by Samaritan’s Purse gives details about how to pack your shoebox and the hours set by the church for pick up and return: Go to: www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/