Serving up family time: Churches help make holiday special for those in need



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The Warner family Abby, 10, Aaron, Lauren, 6, and Maegen pose with the food they are donating to the Mount Pleasant Christian Church Celebration of Abundance program where they give all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner to a family in need. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


The Warner family Lauren, 6, Abby, 10, Maegen and Aaron pose with the food they are donating to the Mount Pleasant Christian Church Celebration of Abundance program where they give all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner to a family in need. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Among the many charities and churches that serve an annual Thanksgiving meal, one is working to feed more families and help them celebrate the holiday in a dignified way.

Mount Pleasant Christian Church members took home 1,200 empty totes earlier this year that they are filling with all the food needed for a family to eat Thanksgiving dinner at their own home.

The collection is part of the church’s annual Celebration of Abundance project. On Friday, the totes will be distributed to 1,200 families at the church.

The meal distribution began with feeding a few families in 2005, said Crystal Thompson, community connections coordinator for Mount Pleasant. The event grew as the need grew until the church was feeding 500 families every year since 2009.

More than doubling that number this year, the church is reaching out to these families by helping them celebrate at home.

“The difference I see is that we’re providing the food to allow folks to have a family dinner at home. I think it helps maintain dignity and fellowship for their individual families and fosters family relationships.

“It’s a lot different having one at your personal home than having one with hundreds of people you don’t know. I think it goes a lot of the way ... in fostering the closeness of a family and helping a family in need maintain dignity at a difficult time in their lives,” Thompson said.

She said the need has increased every year.

“We’ve had to turn people away in the past. This is in response to that,” Thompson said.

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