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Thanksgiving Basket Ministry
Mon. November 11th
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until November 25, 2019
Over the last twenty years, the number of families receiving a basket from the Pearce Thanksgiving Basket ministry has increased from a couple of dozen to over 1,000. The expansion of this community outreach has been possible through the generosity of the Pearce congregation and our partnership with Rochester Family Mission to provide food and volunteers, and to identify needy families. Additional families have been blessed by baskets the Pearce Thanksgiving Ministry provides to Heart & Soul and several other Rochester city churches, as well as Nurse Family Partnership, and Lifetime Assistance. Each of these groups identify needy families and distribute to them. And, for many years, FoodLink has been an active partner to our ministry with food donations.
Look for the Thanksgiving Basket table in the main lobby. There are many ways to get involved and help with this ministry:
Copy Paper Boxes: With all the food we collect, we need about 1,000 boxes to assemble the food for distribution. We’re collecting empty boxes (copy paper or equivalent size). Bring boxes to the church and drop them off near the food collection table in the lobby or store them in the balcony of Parmerter Chapel.
Make Maps: If you can help print maps to aid drivers with deliveries, contact Terry & Sherri Taber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate Food: We expect to provide 1,000 families (more than 5,000 individuals) with Thanksgiving baskets that include a turkey, fresh produce, and about 15 other food items. Food collection continues through November 22. Donations can be separate food items or a complete “Adopt-a-box” of food items. Since Adopt-a-box donations are a big help, our goal is to collect 200 this year. Last year, we received 165. Download the Adopt-a-box donation list and follow the directions.
Money for Frozen Turkeys: We hope to raise $12,000 to purchase 1,000 frozen turkeys to go in the boxes. (We are not asking for turkey donations.) You may place your financial donation in the offering plate or drop it off at the lobby reception desk during the week; checks made payable to Pearce Church, with “turkeys” on the memo line.
Pack Boxes: Help us fill boxes on Saturday, November 23, starting at 9am, in the Family Life Center. No need to sign-up for this, just show up ready to help!
Deliver Boxes: It generally takes about 60-90 minutes to deliver 8-10 boxes, including the time to drive into the city from Pearce Church. Sign-up in the main lobby; driver’s instruction sheets will be available in the Pearce Family Life Center beginning Saturday, November 23. The schedule for deliveries:
- Saturday, November 23: 10am-4pm
- Sunday, November 24: Noon-4pm
- Monday, November 25: 9am-4pm
In order to deliver as many boxes on Saturday as possible, please consider signing up for deliveries on that day. Our goal is to deliver 800 boxes on Saturday. This requires about 75 drivers. Are you available to help?
Prayer: Pray this ministry meets physical and spiritual needs of families. Pray this provides the “salt and light” Jesus talked about in the Sermon on the Mount. Pray for enough food to meet all the needs and for the safety of all volunteers.
For additional information or questions, contact Terry & Sherri Taber at email@example.com.