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Church plans community Thanksgiving dinner
by Nneka Okona
November 19, 2012 02:56 PM | 1383 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, In His Great Name Ministry Pastor Danita Jones, Administrative Assistant Valene Bolling and Inventory Manager Edward King get ready to cook Thanksgiving  Dinner.
Staff / Joe Livingston
From left, In His Great Name Ministry Pastor Danita Jones, Administrative Assistant Valene Bolling and Inventory Manager Edward King get ready to cook Thanksgiving Dinner.
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For Fairburn church In His Great Name Worship Center, Thanksgiving has taken on a new meaning.

Not only is the holiday dedicated to giving thanks for each other, but also giving back to those in need.

Since 2005, the church has hosted a community Thanksgiving dinner, which provides a hot meal to those less fortunate in the Fairburn community.

This year’s event will be Thanksgiving Day from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Fairburn Youth Center.

Each year, the event has been a success, Senior Pastor Danita Jones said.

“We served approximately 450 people last year, and we are preparing to serve that many or more this year,” she said.

Jones was inspired to start what has become a yearly tradition in response to the need of the community she witnessed.

“Being in ministry, we serve a lot of people daily,” said Jones. “We get at least 20 calls minimum a day from people needing food.”

Jones said she thinks the increased need for food in Fairburn and in the surrounding communities is a direct effect of the economy.

“The economy has declined so much,” she said. “We know that this is a very distressing time for many, and we want to help relieve the pressure for many families who otherwise wouldn’t have a Thanksgiving dinner.”

A warm, sit-down dinner is not the only thing in store for attendees.

Residents will also have access to donated clothing, resume writing and job search services, free haircuts and hair styling.

The dinner is largely made possible each year by generous donations from community members and businesses such as Green Oil, Casa Blanca Café and Wakefield Grocery.

Although volunteers are needed to make the event a success, Jones said donations are needed more.

“We need donations of clothes and food, especially non-perishable items so we can expand our food pantry,” she said. “We just know we need to extend help to those who are less fortunate.”

Because of the levels of attendance for the dinner, it is held in downtown Fairburn at the youth activity center.

The Fairburn Youth Center is at 149 Roosevelt Highway.

Information: (770) 964-8364.
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