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Volunteers, donations sought for Thanksgiving meal

SoVaNow.com / November 25, 2019
For those seeking out food or fellowship this Thanksgiving, the Halifax County Minister’s Association is here to help.

On Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the HCMA will host its fourth annual Thanksgiving Day meal at Halifax Christian School, located at 3098 Halifax Road. The menu will feature turkey, ham, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, roll and dessert. Meals are also offered on a carryout and delivery basis.

No tickets and reservations are required, and all meals are free.

The event got its start when the Rev. Frank Carr, pastor of Living Word of Christ Fellowship Church in Halifax, reached out to fellow ministers in the county about hosting a free Thanksgiving meal for local residents. The idea led to the formation of the Halifax County Minister’s Association, now in its fourth year of the hosting the event.

Carr and his brother had led a Thanksgiving Day ministry for many years, with Banister Hill Baptist Church hosting the first meal, followed by other community churches on a rotating basis.

Some years ago, Carr got in touch with T. Wayne Daniels, at South Boston Church of God, about expanding the ministry. Halifax County Christian School, which is operated by the Church of God, has hosted the holiday meal in its facility ever since.

That first year, the Carrs and Daniels were joined by the Rev. Dr. Russell Lee of First Presbyterian Church of South Boston, Rev. Randy Holmes of Mount Cana United Methodist Church and Rev. Larry Davis of Arbor Baptist Church. The group of six pastors was the genesis of the HCMA.

“The Minister’s Association is a way we come together and work together,” said Carr.

He encouraged the entire community to take part in Thursday’s meal, to ensure that no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving.

“Everyone is welcome,” Carr added. “If you are alone, come volunteer and enjoy the fellowship.”

Guests are welcome to dine in, carry out, or have warm meals delivered.

“We are still collecting names and addresses to deliver a Thanksgiving meal,” said Carr. Contact the South Boston Church of God at 434-575-5965 to share the name and address of anyone needing a meal this holiday.

Each year, 500 meals are prepared, with roughly half of them delivered. Food and monetary donations are still needed and graciously accepted. Contributions may be dropped off at South Boston Church of God or online at http://www.southbostoncog.com.

There is a request for volunteers for the night before to prepare the turkeys, hams, and stuffing. As well on Thanksgiving Day, delivery drivers and helping hands are needed for packing and serving meals. Food preparations will begin at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. for home deliveries. For more information, contact the Church of God.



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