By Sharon Mager
SAVAGE, Md.—Every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, members of First Baptist Church, Savage (FBC Savage) meet to enjoy a church family meal together. On Thanksgiving Day, they prepare and deliver dinners to families that are “almost” homeless, staying temporarily in a nearby hotel. FBC Savage Pastor Alan Latham says that usually includes up to 40 families trying desperately to “get by.”
Church members donate the food and many step up to help prepare it for delivery.
“Some folks cook, some put the dinners together and some distribute the food,” Latham said.
Each styrofoam plate is piled high with turkey, dressing, gravy and all the traditional Thanksgiving sides then prayerfully wrapped with information about FBC Savage.
Leftovers are distributed to tent cities. If no one is “at home” in the tent, plates are left for the “resident.”
The church also works with three other community churches to provide food baskets to underprivileged local families with FBC Savage leading the effort.