Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers Needed

Cynthia Pinckney Ministries Thanksgiving Dinner
By Donna M. Rogers
If you are looking to share your time this holiday season, then look no further that Cynthis Pickney’s upcoming Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The fifth Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held at the Bill Carey Boys and Girls Club located at 213 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon on Thursday, November 27. The Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Two hundred and fifty volunteers are to help serve approximately 900 homeless men, women and children. All volunteers must take the last remaining training class to be held on Saturday, October 25, if you have not already done so. This training class will suffice for the Christmas dinner as well. The training class will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 402 E. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Lunch is served free of charge, to register call 571-1556 or send an email to cp@cynthiapinckneyministries.org. At this year’s Thanksgiving event, the organization is giving away toiletries, clothing, shoes, blankets, socks, school supplies, canned food and staple items. Nurses will also be onsite to give free blood and glucose monitoring. In addition, the ministry will provide free hair cuts and massages too. There will be a fun house for the children, face painting, entertainment and arts and crafts. Music will be provided by Extreme Faith Ministries and door prizes will be given away. So please mark your calendars now to take part in this awesome charity event. A list of donations needed for the Thanksgiving feeding and other information can be found at www.cynthiapinckneyministries.org. Cynthia Pinckney stated, “I am ecstatic at what God has done to grow this ministry and that we are able to help so many needy people. In spite of our nation’s economic crisis, people are giving help to those less fortunate more than ever before. This includes monetary contributions, item contributions such as clothes, household items, shoes, etc., but, more importantly, they are giving their precious time. Homelessness can happen to anyone. Businesses shut down and jobs are lost; spouses die; homeowners suffer mortgage foreclosures; and bank accounts dwindle. Soon you are forced out of your home to live on the streets. Tragically, we are seeing a significant increase of whole family units joining the homeless population, but thankfully, God has given us a servant’s heart to minister to His people in unique ways. We are grateful to everyone in our community that gives to the needy. Without your support, we couldn’t do what we do. Thank you.”