Thanksgiving Serving Event at H.E.L.P.S Ministry

The following email came from Terina Erb, a volunteer with H.E.L.P.S. Ministry in St. Charles IL. We would like to thank Terina for all the help she provides for all the serving events we are involved with at the H.E.L.P.S. Ministry. Food For Friends provided the funding for this dinner. For more pictures from this event, go to our album on Facebook titled 2020-11-26 H.E.L.P.S. 

On Nov. 26, 2020, Thanksgiving Day, Food For Friends provided a Thanksgiving meal at the H.E.L.P.S Ministry in St. Charles. The meal was catered by Lee N Eddies , a long time and valued partner.  

Food for Friends helps make this event a success every year! The meal consisted of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, pasta, gravy, Hawaiian meatballs and jello. H.E.L.P.S. Ministry provided the desserts and beverages. We are happy to report that about 100 guests were provided a delicious meal throughout the day.

Typically at this event a volunteer is assigned to each table to carve a turkey. Due to COVID, we serve the meal a bit different, still family style just a bit more cautious. The volunteers served the guests each food item to decrease the amount of people touching the bowls. Hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks were available. Instead of there being a set time for arrival, we encouraged guests to show up at different times throughout the day and early evening. This provided further distancing between guests.

Despite the pandemic we had a great turn out in volunteers and guests. Approximately 15 volunteers attended, they were all amazing! The volunteers were great with set up, serving the meal and the clean up. The guests and the volunteers kept saying thank you for having the meal during these hectic times. They wanted to give thanks and needed to gather with others.

Overall event was great! We are so grateful for the partnership and volunteers.

Terina Erb
Volunteer with H.E.L.P.S. Ministry in St. Charles IL