HOLTVILLE — For a county that serves as the nation’s winter pantry, Thanksgiving takes on special meaning since it began as a day of showing gratitude for the harvest and few other regions are graced with the agricultural diversity of Imperial County.
But for those who may find themselves wanting on Thanksgiving Day, Turning Point Life Center in Holtville is serving a complete dinner for everybody who desires to attend. It will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 28 at 449 Pine Ave., the group’s men’s home.
Turning Point will prepare 600 pounds of turkey, 200 pounds of mashed potatoes, as well as stuffing, salad, green beans and provide 70 pumpkin pies.
“It’s a full blown meal, the whole shebang,” said Pastor Norman Chandler. “Everyone’s welcome to eat–first come, first serve. We’ll have a tent set up for shade and tables set up for diners and a jumper house for children.”
In addition, there will be games for children and crafts they can produce on their own.
The dinner is not just for the needy, Chandler stressed, noting those who are unable to prepare dinner or would enjoy the fellowship are encouraged to attend.
“As a church we’re called to provide (for) and support the community with this Thanksgiving meal,” said Chandler. “If everybody did this it wouldn’t be as big an encumbrance. And if you can’t do your own cooking that day, let us do the dishes and come have dinner with us.”
The was also a pre-holiday meal service in Brawley at 145 S. Sixth St. on Nov. 25. It included a live worship team with music and essentially the same meal as Holtville.
Turning Point is also organizing a Christmas give away providing food boxes in December but it will be for Holtville residents only with the date and time to be announced.
Gratitude for volunteers
Chandler said he wishes to thank all those who have helped serve meals in prior years and those who help sponsor the meal.
“We make certain we’re there for the community,” he said. “Turning Point has been around for 24 years helping men with life-controlling problems in Imperial Valley.”
Ken Vest, a former client who has benefited from Turning Point, now helps out with day-to-day operations and facilitates anger-management classes in Brawley.
“It’s (meal) a great outreach to the community and helps those in need,” said Vest. “We’ll serve 300 to 400 in Holtville. It’s a great fellowship opportunity to meet others and a chance to hear about the love of Jesus Christ. And it’s an opportunity for men in the men’s home to give back to the community and engage with the residents of Holtville.”
This story is featured in the Nov 28, 2019 e-Edition.