Everyone deserves a hot meal at Thanksgiving and the congregation at Sandhill IPCC has devoted their time to providing those meals.
Through their food pantry, families in need have signed up for Thanksgiving Day boxes . The church also advertises the ministry through social media and word of mouth.
There were 78 families that have signed up for Thanksgiving boxes, which is a little lower than the church anticipated, but that number is expected to grow during the Christmas Box donation.
“We do this every year,” Gary Newman, pastor at Sandhill IPCC, said. “I got another call about a family that is in need and I am going to Wal-Mart to get another Turkey and all the trimmings for that family. They happen to be in desperate need and we’re able to help them out.”
The boxes are filled with turkeys, dressing, gravy, essentially everything that a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner has to offer. This year, the Thanksgiving Day boxes didn’t have the typical pies, but Newman expected them to be part of the Christmas boxes.
Newman said the church usually hands out no more than 150 boxes.
“You never know how many you’re going to have,” Newman said. “Some years you have over 100 boxes, but as a small church, we have to limit to 150 boxes. We feel like that’s the best we can do.”
Sandhill IPCC relies on donations from the community and local businesses. Newman also goes out and does fundraising.
“I was downtown, dressed as a turkey on Nov. 4,” Newman said. “We were raising money. We try to do all these fund raisers to feed all the folks. We start working on it early every year.”
As a small church, Newman said they are blessed to be able to minister to the less fortunate.
“A lot of folks come through there and they’ll tell you, Sandhill’s vision started several years ago and we’ve kept that same vision. We’ve done outreach ministry, such as cooking up hot meals and delivering them to low income housing. That’s basically our ministry,” Newman said. “It’s a vision and if you look at the scripture for that, you’ll find it in Matthew 25. That’s what we feel that we are — a Matthew 25 church.
“We are really small. We only have a congregation of 30-40 and most of those are kids. But by the grace of God, we are able to do this. We do get a lot of help in the community. There are a lot of fundraisers that we do to try to make sure that this happens and we just can’t quit, even though it looks dim sometimes, the Lord always comes through and we always find a way to do it. We just feel like we can’t let the people down.”
To make a donation, mail a check or money order to:
PO Box 1114
South Shore, Ky., 41175
Care of Sandhill IPCC
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