The Giving, a community-wide, multi-church effort to provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need, returns for its sixth year to Beaufort County. The event will be held Sunday, November 23, at the Wardle Family YMCA, located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal. Donations of Thanksgiving meals will be taken beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a community worship service at 6 p.m. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Distribution of Thanksgiving meals will take place Monday, November 24, at the YMCA. Volunteers are being solicited for collection, inventory and distribution. Those interested should contact Heather Prince Doss at email@example.com or 843-525-0696.
Families benefitting from this effort are referred by charitable agencies and participating churches, and the number in need increases every year. In 2013, approximately 820 families were provided Thanksgiving meals. In 2014, organizers hope to feed more than 600 families once again.
Pastor Mike Green of The Link Church of Beaufort stated, “This is a way we can join hands with fellow churches and organizations in our community and serve our neighbors together.”
Suggested donations are frozen turkeys, potatoes, canned yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, and rolls.
Participating organizations include: Decibel Church, Love House Ministries, Port Royal Baptist Church, Praise Assembly of God, Sea Island Presbyterian Church, Seaside Vineyard, Spoken Word Outreach Ministries, St. John’s Lutheran Church, The Link Church, Tidal Creek Fellowship, and the United Church of Jesus Christ for all People.