Pottsville church to dis­trib­ute free turkey, Thanks­giv­ing fare

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - BY AMY MARCHI­ANO STAFF WRITER

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

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