LIMA — Members of the Gospel Tabernacle of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lima spent their Sunday packing Thanksgiving boxes to give to 10 needy families that live in the sixth ward.
The boxes included a turkey and dressing and other items that should help with the Thanksgiving meal coming up later in the week.
“We’re happy to do it. It’s part of what a church can do,” said Michael Hayden, a church elder. “We’re certainly appreciative of the people who have contributed things and we would like to expand, maybe do a little bit more next year than we’ve done. We’ve done this the first two years. Working with different agencies in town and the families that they serve, collaboratively, we try to do that also. We’ve learned that the need does exist and it’s a genuine need. It’s in this day and age, it’s easy to become cynical, but the need truly exists.”
A handful of volunteers helped pack the Thanksgiving boxes, including 10-year-old Jacob Carge, a student at Temple Christian School.
“I just like helping people, I always have,” said Carge. “If Jesus could help, I could too.”
Karen Capers, women’s ministry leader, also helped pack the boxes.
“There is a need and this is something that we’ve been we enjoy doing and we see the smiles on people’s faces and it just brings smiles to our faces as well,” said Capers.
Those families in need were identified by Derry Glenn, sixth ward Lima councilor.
“We’d like to thank Derry Glenn, the councilperson that we do it with,” Hayden said. “We’ve done some things with him and are appreciative of his work. We’d like to expand a little bit, not simply the baskets and the food, but expanding into other needs also that people have. We feel blessed to be able to do it. He is aware enough of his district and the individuals within that district and the needs that he was able to connect us pretty quickly with the need. So that means a lot.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.