Lexington, SC (WLTX) - One church in the Midlands is providing a thousand meals for families in need for Thanksgiving.
Being thankful has a way of creating action.
Jennifer Gibbons and Dawn Cochran from Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church are wanting to make a difference this Thanksgiving. It’s time for Operation Turkey at the church.
"We've got turkey going on in the back, pies being assembled, cranberry sauce being put together, and we're going to put out a thousand meals," explained Gibbons.
The tradition has been going on at the church for 24 years.
"There's a definite need for folks for meals at Thanksgiving. Not just meals but the opportunity for them to see a smiling face and just someone to love on them and tell them that we're praying for them and to have a happy Thanksgiving," said Cochran.
Sunday School classes and other people help bring in nearly 100 turkeys to serve those in need.
"It's a lot of turkeys. The (most fun) part is tearing those turkeys apart and cutting them up," said Cochran.
Nearly 50 volunteers help get the meal together so they can be delivered on Thanksgiving Day.
Gibbons says it's important to know what the holiday is all about.
"It's about letting my kids know that there's something more about Thanksgiving than just sitting down and eating a meal. That they have something to be thankful for. That they have been provided just a blessing and that they can turn around and share that blessing with somebody else," said Gibbons.
Cochran believes you should take the opportunity to help someone during the holiday season to make a difference in their life.
“You may be the only person that reaches out to someone and may be their lifeline that they need during the holiday season. We can serve Jesus by being His hands and feet out in the community and really showing our kids that that's the most important thing," explained Cochran.
The church says they'll start delivering the meals on Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m.