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Dec 05, 2018

Calvary, Richmond Feeds 900 Neighbors

(foreground L-R)  Sherre Packard, Anna Estes and Kay Hardee slice pies

More than 900 Thanksgiving dinners were prepared and delivered by church members and community volunteers in the Richmond, Rosenberg, Fulshear, Needville, Missouri City and Sugar Land areas last week. The tradition has a long history that the church altered to respond to their neighbors over the years.

“When we started serving Thanksgiving dinner nearly 30 years ago, people came to the church to eat,” said the Rev. Paul Wehner, rector. “We learned the need was far greater than just the Richmond area, so five years in we began delivering food to all the individuals normally served by Fort Bend County Meals on Wheels.” Wehner said the church also receives suggestions from local elementary schools and fire departments for families that might be vulnerable during the holidays. “It really is a gift of love,” he said.

Molly Powell, chair for the annual event, was grateful for donations of more than 30 smoked turkeys from Dozier’s Market in Fulshear.  “We couldn’t do this without their help,” Powell said.

Church members donate pies, prepare the mashed potatoes, stuffing and green beans in the church kitchen, and then deliver the food.  Mid-morning everyone pauses for a Thanksgiving worship service, followed by packing the hot meals. Nearly 200 volunteers come, not only from Calvary Church, but from Scout Troop 1000, Calvary Episcopal Prep students and parents, and neighboring churches.

“This year for the first time we had a large team of volunteers from Lighthouse Indian Baptist Church in Missouri City,” Powell added.

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