Imagine the Thanksgiving holiday as a long day of celebration that excludes you. Imagine not being able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for your family. Imagine how dark and lonely that would feel.
For many people living in the inner city, living in poverty, the holidays stand in sharp relief to their everyday existence. Thankfulness is difficult to muster when you aren't able to share a special meal with family and friends.
But what if it were possible to find thankfulness - and Thanksgiving - in the midst of poverty? The Evansville Christian Life Center makes this possible for hundreds of people in our community each Thanksgiving holiday through their Thanksgiving Outreach program.
About the Evansville Christian Life Center
The Evansville Christian Life Center began as an outreach at a church in the inner city, to serve inner city residents with compassion and respect and to help them find a way out of poverty. As the church outreach grew, it began to serve a larger number of people, far beyond the original neighborhood scope. Now an independent organization, the Evansville Christian Life Center offers a wide range of services aimed at alleviating poverty and strengthening families throughout Evansville. The Evansville Christian Life Center provides relief services such as food and clothing, and administers programs that educate and equip those seeking to escape poverty for good.
Chances are you are familiar with some of the programs and services offered by the Evansville Christian Life Center. Gerling Law supports many of these programs, both individually and as a firm, and has provided the reusable shopping bags used to deliver Thanksgiving meals since 2008. We believe the Evansville Christian Life Center is making a difference in our city, and we are honored to help. However, even with our help, the Evansville Christian Life Center consistently needs two things: volunteers and donations.
How You Can Help
The Evansville Christian Life Center's Thanksgiving Outreach is an annual event that provides Thanksgiving meals to people in the Evansville community. Volunteers cook, prepare, and deliver the meals throughout the city, which helps make the holiday feel a little less bleak for those in need.
Since November 2nd, the Evansville Christian Life Center has been receiving calls and planning deliveries for their Thanksgiving meal delivery. Volunteers are needed in all areas - cooking, preparing, and delivery of meals. Individual volunteers as well as groups are encouraged to sign up. Groups should contact the Evansville Christian Life Center's Sharon Taylor at 812.423.9222 or firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate their times or register online to volunteer here. Even kids can volunteer, too, as long as they're at least 12 years old and can have a parent come along to help.
Want to help but can't volunteer? You can make a donation to the program, which will help purchase the food needed to make the meals.
Making a Difference
Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally marked by family, friends, and food - but for those living alone or in poverty, Thanksgiving is a reminder of their meager circumstances. The Evansville Christian Life Center seeks to wrap a loving arm of concern around the community, providing a hot meal for those who would otherwise not have one on Thanksgiving.
The Evansville Christian Life Center invites anyone to get involved with their mission through volunteering or donating through their Thanksgiving Outreach, or any of their other services. If you'd like to know more about the Evansville Christian Life Center and its mission, go to RestoringPeople.com or follow them on Facebook orTwitter.