Who’s coming for Thanksgiving dinner at your house? A typical Thanksgiving meal at Ella Miller’s house will involve feeding 50+ family members. With 11 children and 26 grandchildren, you better know how to cook and be able to cook on a budget. Ella Miller can do both, but even then food costs make it difficult. She understands that many of her North Memphis neighbors aren’t able to feed their families anything special on Thanksgiving.
For the last 10 years, Ms. Ella has helped Oasis of Hope make it easier for families to celebrate Thanksgiving around a healthy delicious meal. Each October, Oasis of Hope signs up families to purchase a Thanksgiving basket of food for $7. What’s on the menu? Turkey, stuffing, sweet peas, corn, yams, mash potatoes, cranberries, cake mix, & frosting! Yum!!! And all of that for $7!! Thanks to Hope Presbyterian Church members’ food donations, the costs are kept to a minimum.
This year, Ms. Ella was our neighborhood coordinator. Families in North Memphis contacted her and within two weeks she had 184 families sign-up!!! The food baskets will be distributed from the Oasis of Hope ministry house on November 23rd with Ms. Ella directing volunteers to help unload. Over the years, this annual distribution day has taken place during rain, snow and even very warm temperatures which makes passing out frozen turkeys a challenge! Whatever the weather, it’s an exciting day because hearts are grateful for the Lord’s provision of a celebratory meal.
If you would like to donate food items and support families like Ella’s, please bring donations to Hope Church. Look for the shopping carts or leave the food behind your car during the service.
– Turkey (frozen, 10-12 lbs)
– Canned green beans
– Canned peas
– Canned corn
– Canned yams
– Boxed instant potatoes
– Cranberry sauce
– Cake mix
– Vanilla Frosting
If you would like to know more about this ministry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.