Note: This article was submitted by long-time HELPS Ministry volunteer Terina Erb
What’s a Thanksgiving without a turkey and the other goodies? Just another day. However this Thanksgiving some St. Charles area families received that special Thanksgiving dinner thanks to a partnership between Food For Friends and the HELPS Ministry.
On Saturday, Nov. 18, Food For Friends provided HELPS Ministry in St. Charles, 25 blue bags filled with a frozen turkey and all the trimmings. This HELPS Ministry, a Christ centered ministry, has been serving homeless and needy individuals since 2000.
The Food For Friends Blue Bag were all distributed within the St. Charles area to families in need. Some of the families were single parent homes and other homes were just down on their luck because of job loss or illnesses that caused financial hardships.
One family, new to the area, didn’t know where to turn for help, but the HELPS ministry heard about them and showed up with a Food For Friends Blue Bag. They were provided a turkey and all the trimmings. Talk about big smiles!
These meals provide families a reminder of all they have to be thankful for in their lives. It gives them a special time to sit down and reflect on the things they are thankful for in their lives instead of all their hardships. Food For Friends and the HELPS Ministry is proud of our partnership and look forward to many more years of working to make an impact in peoples lives within the St. Charles community and surrounding area.