Thanksgiving is more meaningful when you are actively involved in serving others. It is a reflective example that elevates the realization of how blessed you are daily. Caring and compassion was in full effect with the Thanksgiving Potluck Community Dinner, organized by the Team Power Foundation.
The potluck idea isn’t a new one but is a celebration for inviting everyone to bring something to the table: a monetary or food donation, volunteering and a pleasant atmosphere to make Thanksgiving meaningful for others. The gathering took place the evening of Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
“The Team Power Foundation’s mission is to be an inspiration for our youth by setting the example of compassion toward others,” said Darian Cahill the President of the nonprofit Team Power Foundation, which aims to make the Wilson community a better place to live.
This was a free collaborative event with:
- St John AME Zion Church, a central location that was convenient for walkers.
- The Department of Social Services, who identified families for the distribution of turkeys.
- Sidekix, a local nonprofit organization that promotes inclusion through friendships of individuals with special needs and disabilities with typically developing peers or friends, with dishes.
- Wards Steak and Cheese, which provided the main dishes and additional sides.
Needless to say, the Thanksgiving Potluck Community Dinner was a tremendous success! Community volunteers consisting of children, St John Church members, and Team Power Foundation Board Members and staff fed over 125 citizens a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
Jeremy Jeffers, Vice President of the Team Power Foundation stated:
“I know how blessed I am and I wanted to provide this opportunity in the community. There is no better feeling than to “team up” with other agencies and citizens to make this idea a reality. I want to thank all volunteers and those who made any type of donation to know how appreciative I am of their involvement. The teamwork made the dream work with the involvement of Reverend Charene Mapson of St John, the leadership Mrs. Annie Ward and Mrs. Becky Stottlemyre of the Department of Social Services, and the Sidekix Organization.”
The St John AME Zion Church-Wilson is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StJohnAMEZionWilson.
Sidekix updates may be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sidekixwilson.
Source: Jeremy Jeffers/TPF