My, how the time seems to fly. It's almost Thanksgiving again, and local houses of worship and organizations are gearing up to help make the day a memorable one for those who are in need. It is also a time for one congregation to say "thanks" to local firefighters.
Miami Beach Community Church is inviting the hungry and lonely to share in a Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in the church's Hice Hall. The meal is free and the public is invited to participate in the occasion of caring and sharing.
For the past 12 years, the church has partnered with H.O.P.E. in Miami Beach to combat homelessness by offering free clothing, food, hygiene products, haircuts, preventative medical screenings and hope the homeless.
The Thanksgiving dinner is made possible through charitable donations from members of the church and the community. If you would like to volunteer contact the church office at 305-538-4511.
If you would like to make a donation, the church would like for you to consider providing one or more of the following items:
Whole turkey, chicken, ham and eggs, macaroni and cheese (family size frozen entrees), mashed potatoes (family size frozen entrees), apples, bananas and oranges, canned goods (string beans, corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes), salt, pepper, Season All, breads of all types, oil, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cake, water, fruit punch, dry juice/tea mix, ice, and miscellaneous items of paper towels, trash bags, disposable plates, napkins, plastic cups, table clothes, dish washing detergent, cutlery/utensils, Ziploc bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil and pans and paper lunch bags.
Church to thank firefighters
Volunteers of all ages from Christ Fellowship Church will show their appreciation to local firefighters, while also providing meals to families in need. The church partnered with local public schools to collect canned goods for Thanksgiving baskets. The plan is to assemble and deliver at least 800 boxes to families in need around Miami-Dade County.
Also, children at all of Christ Fellowship church campuses will participate by bringing in canned goods for the Thanksgiving boxes. Middle and high school students will collect gently used shoes for the less fortunate, while church volunteers will also make a special effort to visit local fire stations and share their appreciation with firefighters.
The church needs volunteers to help assemble, load and deliver the Thanksgiving boxes to families in need. You don't have to be a member to help.
The assembly will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday at Christ Fellowship, Palmetto Bay Campus, 8900 SW 168th St. Loading and delivery will begin at 8:30 a.m. If you can help, visit cfmiami.org/reachbeyondsand sign up. Or, you may call 305-238-1818 for more information.
Opa-locka turkey give-away
Residents of Opa-locka who are in need of a Thanksgiving turkey should arrive early on Nov. 25 in the East parking lot of the city's historic City Hall, 777 Sharazard Blvd. for the annual Turkey-giveaway.
The event is hosted by Opa-locka Commissioner Timothy Holmes, who throughout the year, has asked the partnership of local businesses to help raise funds for the purchase of the turkeys for residents and employees of Opa-locka.
To receive a turkey, recipients must provide proof of Opa-locka residency in the form of a water bill, driver's license or any other official identification.
For more information call the Office of the City Clerk at 305-953-2800.
Temple to distribute meals
Temple Israel of Greater Miami will partner with Faith in the City, will be one of the host sites for the non-profit group, Branches' Thanksgiving Meal Delivery Program. For the past 13 years, the program has counted on the support of over 1,500 volunteers on thanksgiving morning to help cook, package and deliver holiday meals to individuals and families in need. Last year, 7,300 meals were provided to community residents.
If you can help, the volunteer hours are 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 28 at Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St. in downtown Miami. To volunteer, you may register by contacting Branches at branchesfl.org/thanksgiving-meal-delivery, or by calling 786-507-3996.
Boluf'e Auto Sales at 5601 W. Flagler St., will give away 200 free turkeys between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, to help support families in need this Thanksgiving.
The turkeys will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to those who register with Boluf'e Auto Sales. Interested persons may register through the "contact us" form on the website, www.bolufeautosales.com, or by visiting the auto dealer. No purchase is necessary but recipients need to be present when called.
For more information call Jacqueline M. Perez at 305-342-3234.
Mass for people with special needs
A White Mass, in thanksgiving for the life of persons with special needs will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Saturday, at St. Patrick Church, 3716 Garden Ave. in Miami Beach.
The Mass, which is organized by Best Buddies International, will be celebrated by Most Rev. Fernando Isern(cq), Bishop Emeritus of Pueblo, Colo., and currently pastor of St. Kieran Church in Miami. The Rev. Roberto Cid, pastor of St. Patrick Church and director of Radio Paz 830 AM, will be the homilist. The Mass will be broadcast by the Catholic station EWTN and by Radio Paz.
The community is invited to the annual Pre-Thanksgiving Banquet presented by the Church of God of Prophecy-Miami No. 1. The banquet, to be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail on Watson Island, is an annual fund-raising event to benefit the church's many ministries and to honor persons for their community and religious works in the community.
This year the honorees are: Minister Noreen Kerr, a member of the church, and Director J. D. Patterson, Miami-Dade Police Department.
If you go, tickets are $65 for adults and $50 for children under 12. Reservations should be accompanied by check or money order made payable to Church of God of Prophecy-Miami No. 1, 4528 NW First Ave., Miami, 33127, or you may call 305-450-2441 or 305-685-3295.