It was the Sunday morning before Thanksgiving and the anticipation ran high as members of the Litchfield Seventh-day Adventist Church prepared to give away 35 Thanksgiving baskets to needy families in their community. This was the third consecutive year in partnership with the Heartland Community Action Agency – Meeker County. The church obtained information necessary to help families that would benefit from a basket.
Twelve volunteers, along with project coordinators Cynthia Greene and Deb Olson, sorted purchased food along with donations that had been solicited from local grocers. Each basket contained a full Thanksgiving meal, including a frozen turkey. In the basket we included our special gift to the families, the book Desire of Ages. The Desire of Ages is a wonderful narrative on the life of Christ.
The first of the recipients began to arrive around noon. To facilitate a systematic distribution, Naython Greene had coordinated pick-up times by calling families ahead. As they arrived, each family was greeted warmly, presented with their baskets, and invited to stay for a light lunch. Several families accepted the invitation and joined volunteers in the fellowship hall for a warm bowl of chili and other refreshments. Around a dozen families signed up to be notified of future events sponsored by the church.
This was a wonderful ministry to our community and all those who came expressed their appreciation and seemed genuinely touched. The 35 families in need received a helping hand and some holiday cheer, but the church members themselves received a huge blessing, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. It was wonderful to be Jesus’s hands.
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