Trinity Baptist Church set up a tent at the gazebo in Jackson on Nov. 18 and at lunchtime, handed out free Thanksgiving meals.
Members of all ages took part in the act of kindness. Children wore boxes or held up signs asking the public to stop and get a free Thanksgiving meal. The young adults played their musical instruments at the gazebo to entertain those that stopped. The older adults cooked nine turkeys, dressing, cakes and vegetables to make 125 meals to give away.
The Rev. Philip Mitchell, church pastor, said, "Galatians 5:13 tells us, 'For brethren you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.'
"Trinity Baptist Church is a place of hope, love and freedom to worship and share the gospel. Our heart's desire is to share the love of Christ with all who will hear. Salvation is free and giving out free lunches is just a small way to spread the love of Christ that was freely offered to us. We could only pray that this simple act of kindness will be adopted by each and every person on the face of the earth."
People who helped with the project were Hayley Heinz, Rebecca Heinz, Hannah Heinz, Hope Heinz, Roger Mitchell, Louise Mitchell, Riley Palmer, Dana Mitchell, Keith Phelps, Ernie Phelps, Mary Phelps, Vivian Worsham, Kaleb Mitchell, Phillip Mitchell, Winter Phelps, Bertha Mitchell, Janet Nevels, Autumn Phelps, Jackson Phelps and Bob Worsham.