The United States attributes the holiday to the Pilgrims who, centuries ago, invited a group of Native Americans to come and share in a feast that celebrated their first productive corn harvest that season. Agencies, organizations, charities and churches now participate in giving back to the various communities throughout the country on Thanksgiving by serving hot meals to those less fortunate.
Thursday, Nov. 28, will be the sixth year “Operation Thanksgiving” will be held by Glory Fellowship Baptist Church.
The church’s pastor, Adam Brewer, said the event will be be held at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
“Every year on Thanksgiving Day we set up shop down at the CHS Activities Center in Jasper, and we serve a full Thanksgiving meal to anyone who needs a meal,” Brewer said, “whether it be a financial need, anyone who is lonely and may not have any family to share Thanksgiving with or just anybody in our community who wants to come out and just have a good time and eat a good meal.”
Brewer also said that they could use “any and all” volunteers to help lend a hand Thursday by delivering plates to the jails and shut-ins. Before “Operation Thanksgiving” officially begins, volunteers will need to gather at the CHS Activities Center by 8 a.m. Thursday to either help deliver the meals or serve the meals at the center.
“In the Bible we are told to love our neighbors, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to love others, show them that Jesus loves them and that they are important and valuable,” Brewer said. “This started with an idea from a lady in our church named Patty Key and her husband, Troy, and our church has just bought into it and it has grown every year,” Brewer said.
The meal — which is free of charge and open to the public — will consist of fried turkey, ham, creamed potatoes, dressing, rolls, green beans, corn, candied yams, cranberry sauce and desserts. Glory Fellowship is located at 175 Cordova Cut-Off Road in Jasper.
If you would like to volunteer your time and services on Thanksgiving, you can call the church any day from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at (205) 387-0500 or show up at the CHS Activities Center by 8 a.m. Thursday.
“I enjoy it because the church, the people who show up and serve, we are actually blessed more, I think, than the people who come and eat the meal with us. It’s just really good doing it,” said Brewer, who has been the minister at Glory Fellowship for six years. “... It’s important to do [this] because we see a need with the economy the way it is, and we know that this time of year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, depression is at its highest. People are hurting, people feel lonely, they feel like nobody cares about them when the rest of the world is having a great time with their family.
“This is a way for us to show that family is bigger than just your biological family. Family is people who love you and care about you,” he continued. “So, we want to be a part of these people’s family. We want to be important members of their family.”