Cascade United Methodist Church's New Advent Choir continues a needed tradition in the Cascade Community—distributing groceries for Thanksgiving dinner and a week's worth of additional groceries to Atlanta residents.
This year's Thanksgiving Food Basket Project served more than 600 families— a record number. The recipients are from Cascade corridor schools, non-profit organizations, those served through Cascade UMC ministries, and others within the Atlanta communities who have expressed a need. All of the recipients were notified and arrived at designated times to receive their food donations. The project is funded by the generosity of choir members, Cascade members and the community.
The day started at 6 a.m. for the volunteers (10 a.m. for recipients) and continued until the last family got their supplies. This year, volunteers "shopped" for groceries with the recipients, and helped load the groceries into their vehicles in a unique type of concierge service. The Cascade Clothes Closet was also open and pastoral counselors were available in the Joseph Lowery Chapel for recipients while they were waiting.
"We continue to serve because that is what God calls us to do as a community of faith," says Senior Pastor Reverend Dr. Marvin A. Moss. "We continue to answer the call for being A Light in the Community by trying to help make the Thanksgiving and holiday season a bit brighter."