At the Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church, Thanksgiving dinner is already in the works.
Make that dinners.
Congregation members are starting to purchase and collect food for benefit holiday meals given out to local families in need.
“Then we fix up a box for them,” volunteer Judy Walker said.
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Each box contains everything for a full feast: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, ingredients for pumpkin pie and other necessary items. Families are then contacted Thanksgiving week to come by the Wingate church and pick up their boxes.
Beneficiaries of the long-standing outreach ministry are recommended by church members familiar with their community.
“It’s just by word of mouth that they know of a family in need, and that this would be very helpful for them for the holidays,” Walker said.
Last year, she said, about 17 families enjoyed Thanksgiving spreads also made possible by local Boy Scout food drives.
Walker was glad to help them.
“The Lord has given me so much, and it is very nice to be able to pay it forward,” she said. “It is a labor of love.”
The church, at 111 Runville Road, next to Wingate Elementary School, has set a deadline for completing the boxes by 9 a.m. Nov. 23.
Anyone who wishes to contribute to the effort should call the church at 353-8870.
“It’s just helping people in need,” Walker said. “That’s what we do.”
Another dinner, though, will be for their own benefit.
On Nov. 24, the church will have a meal in its Fellowship Hall to support its Church Building Fund. Ham, chicken pot pie, homemade soup and breads, salad and beverages will be on the menu for $9 for adults, $6 for students and $3 for children 12 and under.
Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.
Howard United Methodist Church members intend for their November soup sale to sustain more than hungry customers.
Sale proceeds will go to the family of Willis Reed, a Howard Township man who died at 35 from smoke inhalation after his house burned down in September. He left behind a wife, Jodi, and three young children.
Vegetable, ham and bean, chicken corn and chicken noodle will be available for $6, the same price for takeout quarts.
Pre-orders for the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. sale Nov. 20 can be made by calling 625-2182.