Local Church Gives 80 Plus Thanksgiving Baskets to Needy Families

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Bethel Church passes out Thanksgiving boxes to needy families during the holiday season. The Johnsons have been participating for the past six years.

"We started out maybe with about 30 familes," said Lillie Johnson, a local middle school counselor.

But over the years the number of families in need has grown.

"This year I think we're servicing 80 plus families," she said.

They are families that otherwise might not be able to put a Thanksgiving meal on the table.

"When you have a family and you're low on things," said Christine Johnson, the family matriarch, "we just want people to have a wonderful, a nice Thanksgiving."

Familes go home with a box full of groceries--everything from stuffing to bread to of course, the turkey.

"They are just so grateful," she said. "They are just so thankful."

Douglas Bullock has to feed a family of five.

"Not to mention nephews and nieces and grandchildren," he said.

It's a tall order especially in tough times. He says the donated groceries are a huge help.

"It helps out greatly with the economy as it is, kinda tight," he said.

And even in these tough times, many found it in themselves to give. All the food was donated by Bethel Church member, and the Johnsons say Meijer gave them a discount on the turkeys.

"Things like that help us to be able to give to the community," said Lillie Johnson.

Church Elder Elodia Jones said it's a good idea at a time when people are losing their jobs left and right.

And it's humbling knowing that could happen to anyone.

"It's just a joy to do it, to be able to do it, because we could be one of the ones coming after a basket," Jones said.

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  • by Kathy Location: Williamston on Nov 22, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    If you are in need of help with your grocery budget, check out www.angelfoodministries.com. There are a variety of different food packages available. For example the Signature box has meats, veggies, fruits,pasta/potato/rice, milk, eggs and dessert items - enough to feed a famly of 4 for about a week for only $31. Other pkgs available. Food stamps accepted. No registering, no qualifications, open to everyone. Find a local host site near you at www.angelfoodministries.com
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 22, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    I wish the Johnson family would have simply told the press, "No comment, we do not wish to bring attention to ourselves." That's the TRUE spirit of giving.
  • by Amy Location: Jackson on Nov 22, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    Maybe Jimmie Johnson, who won the Nascar playoffs yesterday, should give away some of his millions to the needy. He already has enough money.
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