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Thank you to the hundreds of donors and volunteers who helped make Thanksgiving Outreach a success. We packed and delivered over 500 generous meals to families and senior adults in need.
Some of you may wonder how these gifts are received by our local community. Here is one story sent to us by a Christ Church parishioner about her family's experience at the outreach. It provides a window into how God has used Thanksgiving Outreach to minister to everyone involved. (Thanks, Heather, for sharing this with us!)
We have been members since 2008, and this year our family finally had an opportunity to participate in the Thanksgiving Outreach.
First, I want to say thank you to all of the volunteers who helped coordinate this production—and believe me, it's a PRODUCTION. Lots of people, lots of hands, lots of time. If you've never delivered meals to the community homes before, here's how it goes. You load up at the church with 5 large boxes. Then you head out to your assigned location, unload your 5 boxes (hello furniture dolly!) and head into the community home. Each box has an apartment number on it. You go to that apartment, knock on the door, and deliver their box of Thanksgiving cheer.
Second, I want to share our experience with you, beyond the logistics. We have two little girls, both under the age of 8. After loading up, we headed into the community home and started our deliveries. The recipients were so appreciative. A number of them didn't speak English, so they found other ways to show appreciation. My girls received many hugs and kisses. Smiles were plentiful. Many of the residents were shy—due in large part to the language barrier—but my children were able to see how compassion and appreciation transcend language.
My girls especially loved our last delivery to an elderly Asian man who motioned for us to stay put while he shuffled off to his kitchen and dug out a brown paper sack from which he produced two tasty treats. He was so appreciative and kept waving to us and smiling until we were out of sight.
Thanksgiving Outreach was a wonderful opportunity to show our children how to put God's love into action. It demonstrated to our children that 1) it is our responsibility and privilege as God's people to reach out and care for others; and 2) people come in all shapes and sizes and languages and levels of need.
The Very Rev. Canon Paul DonisonRector of Christ Church & Dean of Texas
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