COLUMBUS, Georgia (WRBL) – With Thanksgiving just around the corner, local churches and organizations are giving back and providing relief to families in need this holiday season.
Members of New Destiny Church stopped by Rigdon Road Elementary Friday afternoon and ate Thanksgiving meals for eight happy families. Each family took home turkey, gravy, dressing and sweet potato soufflé.
New Destiny Church Pastor Dequindrae Hardnett had a particularly sweet treat for the families. He offered them gift certificates to pick up a pan of Peach Cobbler at the Peach Cobbler factory in Columbus.
The elementary school partners with New Destiny Church every year. Rigdon Elementary falls under the Title I program. This is a program that provides federal funding through the Georgia Department of Education to schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged children. According to the organizers, this initiative is all about putting children at the center.
Being able to do this for our students and our families is a blessing because we take for granted every day being able to eat, being able to be with our families and just being able to provide just one meal for our families in this one Time.
Andria Horne, counselor at Rigdon Road Primary School
The church was able to fund Country’s Barbeque’s Thanksgiving meals entirely from its own resources. The food costs around $1,000 and is intended to feed over 40 people.