Molalla Thanksgiving Outreach

February 01, 2011 | Helen Shreve

Community Service women at the Molalla (Ore.) Church, with help from church members, provided Thanksgiving baskets for nearly 50 families this year. Boxes were put together for families having one to nine people. Names were acquired through the Molalla Food Bank. The church took a deep breath after finishing the food boxes. Then Cindy Hepler, head deaconess, heard area churches were planning to host a Thanksgiving dinner for the community and thought it would be great for the Adventist Church to furnish desserts for the meal. Members knew several hundred had been fed on previous years but had no idea how many to plan for this year. In all, 12 Molalla members served, nearly 200 people. Needless to say, the Molalla Church had a lot of desserts left for their own fellowship dinner — thanks to a wonderful response from members. The leftover food provided by participating churches was taken to local shelters.