In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Mercy Seat Chapel (MSC) is giving away 600 free turkeys. Last year’s Thanksgiving Turkey Initiative, through individual donations from church members, provided 500 turkeys to families in need. Recipients were from the local community and included people from different races, ethnicities and vocations. The giveaway, which spanned two days, culminated in an evening service that inspired and reminded recipients that difficult times do not last forever, but are only for a season. One of the past recipients of a frozen turkey was so grateful that she sent a public message on Instagram, thanking the church for helping to bring joy to her family.
MSC’s Head Pastor Ola Olarinde announced that this year, 600 families will be receiving one turkey each, an increase from last year’s efforts. He believes that we need to support each other in difficult and trying times. In his own words, “Just the way MSC families will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a turkey, we want parents that may be struggling right now to do the same with their families, regardless of their financial situation.” Organizers are gearing up for a successful 2018 Thanksgiving Turkey Initiative and they are hoping for a great turnout.
Area residents in need of a turkey should visit 17604 Washington Grove Lane, Gaithersburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
MSC’s annual turkey giveaway is only one of the numerous programs this family church offers to assist members of their neighboring communities. For more information about Mercy Seat Chapel and weekly activities, visit www.mercyseatchapel.org.