Below are three ways you and your church can make a difference in your community this Thanksgiving:
1. Find needy families: “We contacted a local elementary school in a very low-income area near our church, and the principal agreed to give us 10 names of families she knew were in need of assistance,” says Pastor Troy O’Quin of River Oaks Community Church in South Holland, Ill. “A week before Thanksgiving, we took a basket filled with Thanksgiving meal items and a Bible to each family. We also began a bus ministry and started picking up kids from that local project community and brought them to church.”
2. Help organizations that provide meals: There are many organizations that help feed the hungry during the holidays. Homeless shelters and food banks always need more volunteers. Even Meals on Wheels organization may need more hands on deck this season. Get your church involved in serving or feeding the hungry.
3. Find International Students or Families: Work with area colleges to host international students at either a large Thanksgiving church celebration or through families who sign up to host students in their homes. What a great way to introduce them to your church.