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South side church provides Thanksgiving meal giveaway

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Posted at 4:58 PM, Nov 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-22 13:20:52-05

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s no secret, it has been a tough year. The need is greater than ever right now to feed families and help those struggling, and one church on the south side is doing just that.

300 families got Thanksgiving meals Saturday, provided by the Faith Community Church on the south side of Indianapolis. They’re driving station to station and collecting different food items for Thursday’s meal.

“What we’ve seen today is people get hope. Because people are looking for hope,” said Steve Nanney, pastor of Faith Community Church.

“Absolutely beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” says one recipient. “We couldn’t be any more blessed. We’re absolutely overjoyed.”

“This Thanksgiving, where people are afraid or scared, a lot of different things going on in peoples lives, we are having people come through that’s lost a job or down in their health,” Nanney said. “And so what we were doing is giving them hope by providing them a Thanksgiving meal that they take home and cook for themselves, and in that meal, we show them the love of Jesus.”

“This is such a beautiful gesture. We are just blessed,” Laura, a recipient, said. “We are fortunate that there are people like this who have come out on their Saturday, gave up, the weather’s not the greatest, but they’re helping us eat.”

The church collected funds to provide the food, and families have been signing up for the past few weeks. The pastor says in less than seven days, they signed up all 300 families they were able to provide meals for.

“It showed us that there is a need," Nanney said. "And as a church, we have a responsibility to meet that need and show people that there is a community of people. We are better when we are together. There’s so many people expressing their opinions and split apart and we are stronger as a community, as a city, when we come together.”

Though it may be different this year, this church is still trying to spread love and joy this holiday season.