- Faith & Family
On Sunday, Nov. 20th, people came from around the local community surrounding Holmes Elementary School to take advantage of the second annual turkey giveaway sponsored by Abundant Life Ministries of South Florida, Inc.
With plans to cook a large meal for several people on Thanksgiving, 20-year-old Rosa Williams of Miami said that the free turkey she received was “appreciate[d] a lot.”
What began last year as a simple giveaway of 20 turkeys, has since grown to a Abundant Life Ministries partnering with several local organizations and schools. The church which holds its weekly services at Holmes Elementary School was prepared to give away more than 200 turkeys and 100 meal baskets for the needy and elderly.
According to Kendra Bullock, one of the event’s volunteers, the church reached out to nearby schools to help identify their neediest families, who were then given tickets to exchange for one free turkey.
To ensure the best turn out, volunteers from the church also canvassed the surrounding neighborhood around Holmes Elementary School to invite local residents to the event, said Reverend Theodore ‘Ted’ McRae, the senior pastor of Abundant Life Ministries.
McRae, who is also a teacher at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, felt that including local schools in their efforts was important.
“Because of this economy people think that no one is in a place to give but you have to understand who your resources are which is God,” explained McRae. “He provides all of our resources which is the hearts [of people] and charities.”
In addition to Abundant Life Ministries, the event is sponsored by major local organizations in the community such as the Florida Marlins, Champion Learning, Inc., Reaching New Networks, Abundant Life Ministries and the Dorrin Rolle Foundation.
Rolle, the former commissioner of District 2, noted that the importance for such events the need was “probably worse than ever because of the economy.”
He further described how he appreciated being able to serve the neighborhood.
“It’s a huge feeling of gratitude to be blessed to be able to give back to the community,” Rolle explained.
By Kaila Heard