NEWBERRY COUNTY — The Living Hope Foundation is partnering with Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church to help provide Thanksgiving dinner to Newberry County residents through Meals on Wheels.
“We (Living Hope Foundation) partnered with them about eight or nine years ago, found out what they were doing and we started supplying the turkeys and the gravy for the meals. We prepare them, carve them and take them to the church,” said John Glasgow, executive director of the Living Hope Foundation. “They have a committee set up to package the plates, which includes the sides that they provide, and they have a committee that delivers them.”
Glasgow said they average about 200 dinners. Last Thanksgiving he said they served around 220.
The Living Hope Foundation has always tried to participate in a Thanksgiving program that helps feed members of the community. Glasgow said that years ago they worked with John and Pat Caldwell, who had a community program that fed residents who would not get a Thanksgiving meal.
Glasgow said it was the same concept, but the Living Hope Foundation would supply the products for the program.
“Once they stopped we wanted to be able to continue what we were doing with the program,” he said. “So we partnered with Lewis Memorial United Methodist to make sure those families are fed.”
Normally the Council on Aging handles Meals on Wheels, but since they are closed on Thanksgiving the church works to make sure those individuals will still have a meal on Thanksgiving.
Glasgow, along with his wife Gloria, supply a few of the turkeys themselves, but they also receive turkeys through donations to the Living Hope Foundation. Glasgow said they start reaching out to the community for donations, and people will give turkeys or money to purchase turkeys.
“We just do the turkey and gravy. The church does the sides, packaging and delivery,” Glasgow said.
To provide more than 200 Thanksgiving meals with turkey, Glasgow said they need 15 to 20 turkeys. Of course, the more turkeys they have, the more families can be served a meal on Thanksgiving.
“We cook the turkeys usually starting Tuesday or Wednesday. It depends on how many ovens I can get my hands on. Gloria and I basically do it ourselves, but we do get assistance from time to time,” he said.
If anyone is interested in donating a turkey or would like to help cook the turkeys, Glasgow can be reached at 803-924-4104. He needs the turkeys by Monday, so he can start thawing them out. He said if they get a surplus of turkeys they will donate them to needy seniors.
“The foundation is the outreach ministry of the church (New Enoree). This is just a small part of what we are about. The goal is to get outside of the church walls to reach the community,” Glasgow said.
The Living Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization, and any donations to the foundation are tax deductible.
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