Turkeys Giving Away Turkeys.
A few of years ago we adjusted the outreach in order to involve more people, create a safer environment (morning instead of after dark), create less stress (we were creating exact maps from hours of phone calls) and to create a greater sense of team (over 300 people showed up for instructions and to do the outreach last year).
here’s what we have discovered:
people want to make a difference….last year over 400 boxes went out the first two weekends in November.
people like simple…people grab a box as they leave a weekend service. The box has the instructions placed inside the box to help guide people as they purchase the food items.
people enjoy the sense of togetherness…We encourage participation: families packing the box together, or joining with friends, or joining as a small group to fill the box.
This year we will be kicking off with a worship set and breaking up into small groups for prayer…then introducing team leaders, and receiving instructions and maps.
some people like to participate but don’t want to go on the outreach…that’s ok, participating at any level is appreciated. The ‘no go but want to serve people’ will bring their filled boxes at 9am instead of 10am and placed into trucks. Last year 150 turkey boxes arrived at 9am.
people like the fact that we go to the areas we have consistently served in the pas
t…we will be dividing up into three huge teams, caravan to the location in order to reach out to 5 low income apartments in Huber Heights, Fairborn, Beavercreek, Xenia, and Centerville.
people like the adventure…
we go to homes unannounced offer the Thanksgiving meal and offer prayer. When we leave the home we place a small noticeable, sticker on the door notifying the rest of the team that the stickered door is a home we have served.
people who serve begin to see life through an outward focused lens…One family went to a home and offered the Thanksgiving dinner. The single mom invited the family inside to place the dinner on her table. The family noticed…all she had in her apartment was the table. Their perspective changed. Their hearts were softened through the experience and began to view life through a different lens.
Going, serving, praying = caring for others …an outward focused life.
Packing Box Instructions
Thanks so much for helping to make Thanksgiving possible for the less-served of our community!
This year’s date for Turkeys Giving Away Turkeys is Saturday, November 19th.
We will meet at Beavercreek Campus at 10am and join team leaders to head out to the different locations: Huber Heights, Fairborn, Centerville, Xenia.
How to participate: Join together as family, friends, or a small group to fill up the box with items listed below.
Turkey’s Giving Away Turkey’s List.
2 Cans Corn
2 Cans Green Beans
1 Large Can Yams
1 Can Cranberry Sauce
1 Box Au Gratin Potatoes
1 Box Brownies
2 Boxes Mac and Cheese
1 Dinner Bag Rolls
1 Box Stuffing Mix
1 FROZEN Turkey
Drop off Point Upper Turn Area New Building
If you are going on the outreach… Please leave your dinner box in your car show up at the Vineyard by 10am.
If you only want to participate by filling a turkey dinner box and not go on the outreach…Please drop the filled box off at the Vineyard by 9am.
Donuts Blitz Fairfield Commons Mall.
We are the official greeters for Black Friday at Fairfield Commons Mall. This fast paced outreach begins at 5:30am and lasts until about 7:30am. We greet the early morning shoppers offering Boston Stoker Coffee, and Krispy Kreme Donuts. It’s simple and family friendly. We also distribute donuts to the workers at the Mall.
Meet @ Lower Sears Entrance.