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Father Greg Schill, SCJ and Christine Greer with Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hernando are among more than 17 churches taking part in the Interfaith Council on Poverty's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Bountiful blessings will abound this Thanksgiving thanks to the efforts of more than 17 area churches who have joined together to make sure that cupboards aren’t bare and the holiday table will laden with delicious bounty.

“We have our big food drive going for Thanksgiving and we also starting to focus on Christmas,” said Christine Greer, administrative assistant with Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hernando, which is part of the ecumenical Interfaith Council on Poverty’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

This year, the Interfaith Council on Poverty will provide Thanksgiving meals for 96 elderly households and their families, which include adults and children of all ages.

“We will deliver straight to their door on the Monday before Thanksgiving,” Greer said. “Due to the generosity of our parishioners and members of the other congregations in Interfaith, we have been able to give more and in greater abundance than we have given in the past. We’ve gone from giving out a small turkey to a six-pound boneless ham and two big Aldi bags which contain a variety of food. There will be cabbages and bananas and sweet potatoes and everything they need for a Thanksgiving meal and more. Something additional this year is that we are giving all our elderly a crocheted lap throw. We’ll do Thanksgiving packages for 96 families and it will all be lined up and down the gymnasium floor here at Holy Spirit.” The Interfaith Council on Poverty’s Food Pantry is located on the campus of First Presbyterian Church in Hernando.

According to Greer, youth from across the region will convene at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 and will help sort all the boxes and packages for the elderly this Thanksgiving.

“We will have pizza for all of the young people who come out to help,” added Greer.

Greer said all of the area churches that participate in the Interfaith effort are already gearing up for Christmas.

“At Christmas, we’ll do a large ham, fresh fruit, apples and oranges. It’s just something we do to as part of the effort to show the love of Christ.”

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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