For 24 years now, one local church has been giving back to the community in a very special way during the holiday season.
Beginning at 8 pm on Friday, people began to line the streets in North Wheeling outside the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple for the annual Thanksgiving food basket giveaway.
Rev. Darrel Cummings and a group of volunteers go store to store to get everything from canned goods to turkeys, buying enough to feed more than 500 people. Every year the need grows more, which is what drives one volunteer to come back year after year.
“I think it’s a reflection of the community that we live in that we are very diverse and some our more fortunate than others. And so its giving back to those in need. Sometimes your up and sometimes down but everyone picks up each other,” said volunteer Lisa Simon.
Its also what has brought first time volunteers like Jamie Nickerson and the ministry group of New Hark Covenant Church to lend a helping hand.
“We just want to help we just want to love people. We just want to walk and love and bless people. Do Gods work,” Nickerson said.
A whole year, one hundred volunteers, and about $10,000 is what makes it possible to help feed the less fortunate. But despite all of that, what makes it worth it to Rev. Cummings is to see the people leave with a smile on their face.
“I am hoping that they will be able to go home and be happy. And say you know what…we live in a great community.. god has helped us. And if we can do that will be a wonderful thing,” Reverend Cummings said.
Cummings says they hope to continue this event for many years to come.