The Rev. Danita Jones said the Nov. 28 meal catered by the Casa Blanca Café in Palmetto included turkey with dressing, side dishes and desserts.
“Everything went well. It was such a blessing. It was probably about 150 people that came for dinner,” she said. “We probably had about 200 volunteers throughout the day.” Stylists Jeremy and Tracie Rodgers and church staff were on hand for other services.
“They don’t just get a meal,” Jones said about consumers. “If they want their hair done, we do that. If they need prayer, we pray for them.”
Life Integrity For Truth Community Development Corp. founder Barbara McKee said her nonprofit’s Thanksgiving dinner in College Park also went as planned.
“We had 45 volunteers. We served over 400 individuals and families,” she said about consumers of a traditional spread. “We also gave over 300 bags of toiletries to men and women.”
McKee said many of the consumers lived in local economy hotels.
“They said they would not have had a hot meal for the day,” she said.
Also in College Park, Creflo Dollar’s World Changers Church International Thanksgiving Feeding Families initiative successfully reached consumers the Saturday before the holiday. Church spokeswoman Ty Mays Kelty said 3,000 families received a Thanksgiving food box that included canned goods, dry stuffing, macaroni and cheese and other ingredients to make traditional Thanksgiving sides.
“In addition, families were able to choose a turkey or ham for their meal,” she said.
Items were distributed Nov. 23 so families could prepare the food in their own homes on the holiday.
“This was the fifth year for this event and many of the families in the area have relied on this food drive,” Kelty said.
The ministries are also working on toy drives for Christmas.