PLEASANT GROVE - The season of giving and thanks is upon us, a time reserved for reflection and celebration of life’s bountiful blessings. A season when open hearts selflessly share their time and talents with other. Something that CareCenter Ministries has been doing for almost three decades.
“Today is the 27th annual thanksgiving outreach,” says executive director Eldred Sawer.
This year, volunteers went into the community to deliver 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners door to door.
“It means a lot that people help other people in need,” says Queen Williams one of the recipients of the Thanksgiving bounty. “I really appreciate it.”
Packing up and delivering this much food, all in one day, is no small feat. It took a small army of volunteers to complete the mission.
“500 volunteers, they are packing boxes,” says Sawyer. “We have a Korean church from Carrollton, we have Spanish churches, it’s a great expression of diversity here, people working together around one cause.”
The truckloads of food for Thanksgiving may be CareCenter's Ministries biggest even, but the center knows, the need isn’t just limited to the holidays.
“We are here planted in the 75217 zip code and we have things like this going on year round. This is not a one day even for us, it’s a lifestyle for us,” says Sawyer. “This is a zip code that is high in poverty, high in crime and a in a lot of need.”
Every meal and every kind word, delivered more than a smile, but also hope.