Who else loves this time of year? With joy and gratitude abounding, we sometimes find ourselves wanting to fill our hearts and souls–not just our bellies! To make it easier, we’ve gathered a list for you of five ways to serve our neighbors in need this Thanksgiving season:

Food Box Drive

When: now until November 17
Who: Charlotte Rescue Mission
What: Our ministry partner hopes to provide 3,000 families with all of the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal this year. There is a particular need for 12-15 lb frozen turkeys to help complete each meal.
Contact: Margaret Rixham

Jubilee Store Thankful Trees

When: now until December 2
Who: Charlotte Family Housing
What: Experience and embrace the holiday spirit by helping our neighbors who are moving from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The Jubilee Store offers families of CFH the chance to purchase new holiday gifts for their families at discounted prices. Select a tag for a child/teen from the Thankful Trees located in the Welcome Center and Outreach Center and drop off the unwrapped gift in the labeled Welcome Center bins by December 2. All proceeds from the store go to support future programming for CFH families.

Feast of Freedom

When: November 17, 1-6:30 p.m.
Who: The Harvest Center of Charlotte
What: Our ministry partner is partnering with other community organizations to host the first ever Feast of Freedom, which includes a Thanksgiving meal, health fair, and a winter clothing store. Join other MPPC disciples in showing love to our neighbors by helping with set-up, organizing donations, and preparing and serving the meal.
Where: 2701 Freedom Dr
Contact: Helena Lopez

Panthers Game Watch Party

When: December 2, 1 p.m.
Who: Charlotte Family Housing
What: Cheer on the Panthers to victory at Charlotte Family Housing’s Plaza Place. CFH families and MPPC disciples can watch the game together and also participate in outdoor activities at the Plaza Place basketball court and playground area.
Where: 2410 The Plaza
Contacts: Jimmy Grahl and Justin Reese

Room in the Inn

When: begins December 6
Who: Urban Ministry Center
What: Every Thursday night from December to March, MPPC will offer our homeless neighbors hospitality by inviting them into our church home, serving a meal, and providing a warm place to sleep. There is a particular need for overnight hosts and breakfast makers this season. We will also be collecting donations of new towels, washcloths, sheets and blankets for our neighbors. Donations can be dropped off in the labeled Welcome Center bins. Sign Up