IRVING—For more than a decade, members of Oak View Baptist Church in Irving have spent Thanksgiving Serving Irving.
This year’s effort provided more than 2,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals to apartment complexes throughout the city and also donated meals to the Irving Police Department.
Meals consisted of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, fruit salad and a slice of pie. Volunteers signed up for various teams to assist with the outreach.
The promotion team hung flyers on doorknobs throughout the area around each serving site to let people know about the event. The baking team baked more than 200 pies of assorted flavors. The packaging team gathered supplies for each serving location.
The cooking team began food preparation on Wednesday evening and finished Thursday morning. A serving team of 100 volunteers served the food, and the set-up team loaded tables and chairs and distributed them to the various sites.
All ages volunteer to help with Serving Irving, and many families make it a tradition.
“It’s a great way to spend time with family, while also lending a hand and helping others,” said Dawn Shelton, who volunteered with her sons, Jordan and Ryan.
Along with providing Thanksgiving meals, the ministry also provides food for the soul. Volunteers had opportunities to tell people about Christ, while passing out Bibles and gospel tracts.
“It makes me appreciate the day even more when I get to serve other people,” Stacie Melsheimer said. “It’s something that I look forward to every year.”