Donations sought for turkey distribution

Charles Warner Editor

November 8, 2013

JONESVILLE — The Potters Storehouse is asking for the public’s help in its efforts to put a turkey on the Thanksgiving tables of needy families in Union County.

Pastor Don Moore said this will be the third year the church has conducted its “Put a Turkey on the Table at Thanksgiving” program.

This year, Moore said the church plans to purchase all the turkeys for the program from local sources. He said the church hopes to be able to purchase a minimum of 300-400 turkeys at an estimated cost of $10 to $14 each. By buying in bulk, Moore said the church hopes to be able to obtain the turkeys at a discount.

Before it can do that, however, Moore said the church is asking for the public’s help in obtaining the turkeys.

“We can’t do this without the help and generosity of the companies, individuals, churches, clubs, Sunday schools, and school groups of our community,” Moore said. “We’re asking that you consider a cash donation or, if you prefer, buying one or more turkeys and drop them off. A gift card from local grocery stores is also fine.

“Any donation is tax deductible,” he said. “We will be happy to provide a receipt for your gift.”

The Potters Storehouse distributes food to needy families twice a month. Moore said this month’s distributions will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 26.

“Tuesday, Nov. 26, will be the day the turkeys go out,” Moore said. “We are doing this so volunteers and clients will be with their families on Thanksgiving and the turkeys will have time to thaw for cooking.”

Moore said distribution will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on both days. He said persons looking to receive food from the church must sign by 12:30 p.m. the day of the distribution. In addition, he said those who want a turkey must be at the church during the distribution to receive it.

In addition to the turkey it will be distributing Nov. 26, Moore said the church also has some hams and ribs for those who would prefer something other than turkey. He said the hams and ribs will be distributed as long as they last.

The Potters Storehouse has conducted its food ministry for the past five years and serves 1,800-2,200 families or more than 4,000 people a month. Moore said that as of the end of October the church had served 47,699 people.

In addition to those who come to the church’s distributions, Moore said volunteers also deliver food to more than 100 clients who are shut-ins or disabled.

The church also provides food to First Presbyterian Church in Union for its food ministry and assists Trinity Baptist Church with its food ministry. Moore said that last week The Potters Storehouse was able to donate six pallets of food and other items to Trinity’s food ministry.

“Our program continues to grow to meet the need that is there, but we need your continued support,” Moore said.

For more information and/or to make a donation contact Pastor Don Moore at 864-680-3465 or mail donations to The Potters Storehouse at P.O. Box 248, Jonesville, S.C. 29353.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com