WOOD RIVER — On Saturday, Nov. 22, Faith Family Church will hand out 100 turkeys to people who show up at noon. Pastor Raymond “Buddy” Manley says the event is part of his congregation’s renewed emphasis on community outreach and involvement.
“People have enough to worry about during the holiday season without having to worry if they have enough food to feed their families,” Manley says. “They can pull up in their vehicle, and we hand them a turkey, no strings attached.
“In the future, we would like this to grow to include full baskets to be able to give away, with side dishes and more.”
Faith Family Church is relying on parishioners to donate turkeys. Jack Schmitt Chevrolet of Wood River also has contributed to the event.
The church will be handing out the free fowl at 1901 Old Alton Edwardsville Road, home of the Ivy Heights Church of God and also the building where Faith Family holds its regular church services at 1 p.m. Sundays. Faith Family also is planning a series of Thursday events including concerts and canned drives.
In the meantime, Buddy, along with wife, Tracy, and son, Brendan, will be gifting the gobblers as a show of good faith to their neighbors.
“No preparation is needed,” Manley said. “Just show up, get your turkey, and be blessed with it.”
For more information, call (618) 709-2220. For information on the church or how to donate, contact Manley at P.O. Box 436, Wood River, IL 62095.