On Saturday, November 23, 2019 a Thanksgiving community event was held in Chicago organized by Greater Harvest MBC and coordinated with the help of the Chicago Police Department. Thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time for this event. A special thanks to Faleesa Square for all her organizational and coordination work on this event…. and for submitting the article below. For more pictures from this event, go to our album on Facebook titled 2019Nov23 Greater Harvest MBC Hope for Holiday
As Thanksgiving draws closer Greater Harvest MBC ( https://www.ghmbcchicago.org/) partnered with Food for Friends, Peoples Gas and the Chicago Police Department for the 3rd Annual Hope for Holiday Thanksgiving event, which was held 12-3pm November 23, 2019.
This event is what God’s love is all about helping out others in need and people coming together to give back and making this a better community.
Community residents showed up to pick up a free turkey and Food For Friends blue bags filled with all of the trimming to prepare a Thanksgiving Dinner. This free turkey and food giveaway was open to the public with the offer of one turkey and blue bag per family on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
One story to tell from the event is that a man showed up at the event because someone gave him the flyer and told him if about the offer of the free turkey and blue bag with all the side dishes. As he waited in line, he opened up and told us he just got out of prison and up until today, he had no idea what he was going to eat for Thanksgiving. As he picked up his turkey and blue bag he said he was so grateful for this community event. He said he will be back for Sunday services.
We had over 25 volunteers!! Thanks to all of them. We had a bunch of students from the local High School who were there to earn their community service hours. And, of course, let’s not forget all of the Greater Harvest Deacons who came to volunteer their time.
Because of all the support for this event, we are able assist 250 families who may not otherwise had the resources to obtain a Thanksgiving meal. Now these people have the opportunity to have hope for their holiday. Just think of all these people sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal with a juicy turkey and all the sides on their table.
We are deeply grateful for the continuing support of our longtime supporters Food for Friends for providing this opportunity for families to share a meal together, and Peoples Gas offering energy efficiency products to their customers. And we extend heartfelt gratitude and special thank you to Pastor Eric Thomas at Greater Harvest MBC for allowing us to use the church facility to host this wonderful event.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Faleesa Square, Community Organizer, Chicago Police Department