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SJC Outreach Committee seeking volunteers for Thanksgiving Feast


By Megan Whitworth

This year the San Jacinto County Outreach Committee is expecting to feed 1,500 people and give 350 meal bags to families in need this year at the annual Thanksgiving Feast. To handle the large number, the Outreach Committee is turning to the community to look for assistance in helping others this November. "We try to get at least 100 volunteers to help with the day of the event and also the day before we stuff the grocery meal bags," Volunteer Chair Candy Joy Everitt-Currie said. "We also ask for donations of the items needed for both the hot meal and the meal bags, as well as monetary donations to help." This year the Feast is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Jones Auditorium in Coldspring. Last year the dinner fed 1,000 people and volunteers gave 300 meal bags to families. Meal bags contain a frozen turkey, stove top stuffing, two boxes of cornbread, two cans green beans, two cans of corn, two cans of cranberry sauce, box of cake mix, package of mashed potatoes and gravy mix, Everitt-Currie said. The Feast also includes free clothing, jackets and blankets for those in need to take home. Items the Outreach Committee is needing for the dinner this year includes: 400 frozen turkeys, four gallons of gravy, 25 pans of turkey dressing, 25 pans of Sweet potatoes, 1,500 rolls, 50 Sweet Potato pies, 40 cakes, 1,500 napkin packages with utensils included, 100 gallons of peanut oil, 150 large foil tin pans, 150 small foil tin pans, 1,500 dessert saucers, 1,500 sectioned plates, 700 cans of cranberry sauce, 100 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix, 350 boxes of cake mix - any flavor, 350 boxes of stove top stuffing, 350 packages of mashed potatoes and 700 cans green beans. "We strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those in our community and the surrounding communities," she added. "All walks of life are welcome (to the Thanksgiving Feast), and we want to be joined together in unity. We want to be able to not only feed the people for a day but to encourage them daily." Everitt-Currie said that Thanksgiving to her is an expression of gratitude for everything "that I have and those around me – especially to God for his mercy and grace in my life. "I feel we are all called to be servants and by being a part of this organization I can serve others in our community, while fellowshipping with them and showing my love to them," she added. "There are several members that have the vision to not only have this be a one time a year event, but to offer several teaching events throughout the year, such as financial teaching, marital teaching, family counseling, co- parenting, etc. We want to show everyone that San Jacinto County can shine brighter than ever before and that we are San Jacinto County strong." To volunteer for the Thanksgiving Feast, contact Everitt- Currie at 832-318-7530.


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