Pottsville church to distribute free turkey, Thanksgiving fare
POTTSVILLE — Thanks to the generosity of the community, free turkeys and Thanksgiving food will be given away in the city.
Pastor Mark Hochgertel of Freedom in Christ Church, Pottsville, said Blessing Pottsville will take place noon to 2 p. m. Nov. 17 at the Green’s Communication parking lot on Second and Market streets. In the event of inclement weather, distribution will occur at the Salvation Army, Sanderson Street.
He said the church has received donations to make the event possible.
“It’s been an amazing response from the community,” he said Friday.
The event is first come first serve. About 80 turkeys will be given away. Traditional Thanksgiving food like cranberry sauce, corn, bread and other food items will be available. Registration is not necessary.
“If buying the food is a burden to you this time of year, come,” said Joe Krammes, a servant leader at the church.
Hochgertel said the church wanted to give back to the community. He said Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of his and he enjoys time spent with family while having a good meal. Some county residents might not be as fortunate to eat a traditional meal.
By doing the event, he said they are hoping to “give people a good reason to be thankful.”
The turkeys are coming from Giant, Pottsville, and are sold at a discounted rate. The other food will be picked up in Lancaster County at Blessings of Hope, a food distribution warehouse.
Volunteers are not needed but those wanting to make a donation for a future food distribution event can send a contribution to Freedom in Christ Church, 1850 First Ave., Pottsville. Checks should be made out to Freedom in Christ Church Schuylkill County and designated for Blessing Pottsville.
“We may do something similar at Christmas,” Hochgertel said. contact the writer: amarchiano@ republicanherald. com; 570- 628- 6028