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Church gives Thanksgiving dinner to more than 200 families

Food donated to Warren Community Fellowship for people in need


by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - A box of food for a Columbia County family to prepare as a Thanksgiving meal awaits pickup Monday, Nov. 25, at Warren Community Fellowship. With food donated by more than 124 volunteers, the church put together enough boxes to feed 206 families - with plenty of food left over for the Columbia-Pacific Food Bank.Warren Community Fellowship members had an outpouring of generosity this Thanksgiving season, with volunteers providing enough food and money to feed more than 200 families, the women’s ministry director at the church said Monday, Nov. 25.

The number of Thanksgiving dinner boxes assembled this year was more than one-third over last year’s number.

“We did 150 last year,” said Pennee Kerr, who organized the Thanksgiving dinner box project. “I was shooting for 200 and we went just a little over.”

Some 124 volunteers contributed to put together 206 boxes filled with canned green beans, pie fixings, potatoes, stuffing, yams and other staples of Thanksgiving dinner.

“People just donate the food, and sometimes they donate money, which is good, because we use it to buy the turkeys for the meals,” Kerr explained.

Kerr said Rent-A-Center in St. Helens allowed the church to set up a collection station there, where people who purchased food at local grocery stores brought their donations.

Even with 206 boxes assembled, Warren Community Fellowship still collected enough canned vegetables, instant potatoes, stuffing mix and other food items to cover two tables and the floor beneath them in a corner of the modular building where the boxes were stored to await pickup. That extra food will be donated to the Columbia-Pacific Food Bank, which provided the church with a list of families in need this Thanksgiving season, Kerr said.

“We just have a lot of wonderful people in this community,” said Kerr.

This is the third year that Warren Community Fellowship has provided Thanksgiving dinner boxes for local families.

Much of the food Warren Community Fellowship collects for Thanksgiving goes to St. Helens families, Kerr noted. She said the church hopes to do more in the Scappoose area in the future.