Minister Donald Thomas and wife Brenda Thomas. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC).
Hilltop Church of Christ, 3000 Hilltop Mall Road in Richmond (Minister and wife Donald and Brenda Thomas), on Saturday, Nov. 10 honored residents of Richmond and surrounding communities by hosting its 8th annual Every Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving.
Last year, the event served over 2,000 community members. This year several twists were added to the day – a large tent to serve more residents, a “To-Go” station for residents wishing to take their meal offsite and an expanded market, designed to make available groceries and clothes.
Established in 2004, the free event provides food, clothing, and supplies for individuals, regardless of their economic situation.
Stressing the importance of family and community, the event’s founders use their own resources to cook turkeys, hams, chickens, macaroni-and-cheese, cornbread dressing, greens, homemade cakes, peach cobblers, cookies, and other items to provide those who would simply like to share in a great meal (or those who do not have families to celebrate Thanksgiving).
In addition to the meal, people have a chance to obtain free items such as canned goods, toiletries, household items, baking items and clothes.
Nearly all of the items provided in the store are new.
“The community has done so much to provide us with examples to teach us the importance of giving back to others. Now it is time for us to show how much we have learned,” says Katrina Dycus, one of the founding board members of event.
The With the assistance of generous donors such as the Mechanics Bank in Richmond, the founders of Every Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving have been able to match and exceed the growing demand each year since the event’s inception.
For information, call Nathan Rapp at 510-685-2204.