A warm meal Thanksgiving Day serves as the centerpiece upon which we reflect and thank God for our blessings. For those who are facing the trial of job loss, illness, eviction, or other emergencies, an abundant meal might seem out of reach this year.

In the same way a family potluck relies on various members to bring each dish, members of the community are being asked to purchase extra food or make a monetary donation that will go toward families needing support.

Local congregations, businesses, troops, and community are encouraged to think of creative ways to meet the needs on our Holiday Food List, which is published here.


Christmas Cottage Creates Tidings of Comfort and Joy to Local Families

The upcoming season is a time of faith and family, but many families in our community are suffering from a recent loss or emergency that creates an additional burden.

Christmas Cottage is a program that alleviates the strain on families struggling to make ends meet over the holidays by helping their families create warm memories for their children on Christmas morning.

The vision is to allow children to share the same excitement on Christmas morning as any child regardless of privilege, and for parents to feel at ease knowing that despite the hardships they are facing, treasured holiday traditions can stay intact for their family.

Gifts for teens and tweens are needed. Gift cards of $5 or $10 to Subway, Sonic and other similar restaurants are great! Wrapping paper, small appliances for family gifts and batteries are also an ongoing need.

New, unwrapped Christmas gifts can be dropped off at Donation Station. Food donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry, 837 E. Walnut Street during regular business hours.

Inspired to serve during Christmas Cottage? Reach out to Seasonal Manager, Lori Stevens for ways to get involved.

Questions about the Holiday Food list? Reach out to Food Pantry Manager, Rusty Thigpen.