For many, the holiday season conjures happy memories of family, friends and good food. The season is quickly approaching and the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) is now preparing for Compassionate Feast, a program dedicated to providing families in need with all of the ingredients necessary to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner and happy memories of their own. Compassionate Feast will take place on Monday, November 21st at the Red Cedar Friends Meeting House, located at 1400 Turner Street.
Last year, Compassionate Feast provided more than 200 local families under the federal poverty line with all the Thanksgiving fixings they need to make a traditional feast in their own home. The program, started by David Such, owner of Such Video, is now in its eleventh year and has come to be more than just a meal. It also aims to give back pride and respect that may have been lost to families within our community.
The OTCA strives to find families who need the Thanksgiving baskets the most. Last year, in partnership with Head Start, Cristo Rey and Eve Inc., and with the help of the West Saginaw Meijer, the OTCA purchased food based on the dynamic of each individual family.
The OTCA is currently in the process of raising money to buy groceries for the baskets. Because the space and manpower needed to complete the project are generously donated, every single penny raised goes toward buying food for the families. Compassionate Feast is a community event, and would not be possible without the charitable donations given every year from local businesses and community members.
If you are interested in donating to Compassionate Feast, there are many ways in which you can help. You can give a monetary contribution, food donation, returnable bottle donation, or display a jar in your business for loose change donations.
Volunteers are needed on Monday, November 21st to help pack up and distribute the boxes to families. If you would like to sign up or find out more information please email us at Kelly@iloveoldtown.org
If you would like more information about Compassionate Feast, or would like to make a contribution to the program, please contact the OTCA office at 517-485-4283.