Jesus House of Oklahoma City is seeking donations for its annual Thanksgiving food basket distribution campaign.
Each year, Jesus House distributes hundreds of Thanksgiving food baskets on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
The distributions will begin at 8 a.m. Nov. 25-27, until designated supplies for the day are exhausted. The food baskets typically contain most of the ingredients to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including a frozen turkey or ham.
“We are celebrating our 40th year of ministry at Jesus House and our Thanksgiving grocery distribution ministry is a signature Jesus House event which has helped low-income households in Oklahoma City with groceries for Thanksgiving dinner for many years,” said Rick Denny, Jesus House president and CEO.
“Last year, we distributed over 1,300 Thanksgiving food baskets in the three days before Thanksgiving and we expect the need to continue this year.”
Denny said visitors to the distribution might notice some differences this year.
“In addition to the many improvements we have made at our Community Outreach Operations Center, our Transitional Goals Program has a choir now and our choir will perform Christmas carols for our guests standing in line. Our new prayer room will be fully operational and staffed with volunteers to pray with visitors who want to pray,” Denny said.
“And as always, we will try to throw in a surprise or two to make our guests feel special when they spend time here to get the essentials they need for the holiday.”
Items needed for donation for the distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets include: frozen turkeys or hams, boxed stuffing mix, chicken broth, turkey or chicken gravy mixes, instant mashed potatoes, canned cranberries or cranberry sauce, canned yams and canned vegetables. Dessert mixes and pie fillings also are appreciated.
Donations may be dropped off until 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Jesus House, 1335 W Sheridan.