SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — There will be 112 more local families enjoying a full-fledged Thanksgiving dinner as a result of the efforts of Sandhill International Pentecostal Church of Christ (IPCC) on Monday.
Pastor Gary Newman of Sandhill IPCC, and members of the congregation gathered on Monday to distribute the 112 boxes, something that they do annually.
“We are having our annual Thanksgiving food box give away with the turkeys and the whole trimmings,” Newman said. “We had 112 sign-ups, and so that’s what we’re doing. We had service in our church a little while ago (Monday), and had a person to come to the Lord Jesus, and that makes it worth it all.”
Sandhill IPCC is composed of a small number of people, according to Newman and is only able to serve the community to this extent through God’s provision.
“When you think about the small church that we are, it just blesses my heart to be able to do that, and you got to know that it is not us, it is only possible through God,” Newman said. “He is the one that provides everything. This becomes a very challenging event when you don’t have a lot of donations, and when you’re trying to do this with just a small congregation, but we just can’t get out of it. Our hearts are there, and we are going to continuing to be there.
Becky Adams, coordinator of the Sandhill IPCC food pantry, said they were also able to distribute a remnant of potatoes left over from their potato distribution last month.
“This is something that we really looking forward to each year. Recipients will get all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey and side dishes,” Adams said. “We were even able to use the potatoes that were left over from that recent give away, so we were able to give out some of those as well. Not only were we able to bless people when they came in at the end of October, but we were also able to bless the people that come here to our pantry. We owe all of this to the good Lord above, because without him we would not be able to do any of this, by no means.”
Sandhill IPCC’s next community outreach effort will be Christmas box distribution, Newman said.
“We are getting ready for our Christmas boxes too. Coming up on December 16th, people will be signing up for those boxes, so basically, we will be starting the process over again,” Newman said.
Newman said Sandhill IPCC greatly appreciates support they received from some local businesses.
“I also want to give thanks to the people that did help us with this. Giovanni’s in Ashland, and many others, Carpet Plus in New Boston, and Tires R US, all helped us out a great deal,” Newman said.
For more information, call 740-821-0766, or send a donation for the Christmas box distribution to: Sandhill IPCC, P.O. 1114, South Shore, Ky. 41175.
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