Shelters Expecting Large Crowds, Volunteer Surplus this Thanksgiving

11:58 PM, Nov 28, 2013   |    comments
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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Allied Churches of Alamance County said it is expecting to feed at least 800 people, a crowd most likely affected by the closing of Loaves and Fishes--formerly one of the Triad's largest food banks--earlier this year.

Allied Churches executive director Kim Crawford said using donated food, its chefs worked overnight to prepare meals to take over to a Thanksgiving lunch at First Baptist Church on Apple Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Crawford said the cafeteria space at First Baptist Church is more spacious than that of Allied Churches. Crawford said the meal is open to anyone who wishes to come.

Crawford said Allied Churches, like many other organizations, is not in need of any more volunteers this Thanksgiving. She said several agencies typically have a surplus of volunteers on this holiday, so she recommends wishful volunteers call organizations prior to showing up.  She said those organizations then can direct them to the services or agencies that need the most help.

Allied Churches is in greatest need of financial contributions.  Crawford explained the organization can use the money to buy the food it needs--for much cheaper than the general public can purchase those food items.

Crawford said Allied Churches potentially could need volunteers to help serve its regular dinner meal Thursday night, which is open to only residents.

Other organizations offering free Thanksgiving meals to anyone who wishes to attend:


Urban Ministry Potter's House - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 .m.

First Presbyterian Church - 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Congregational United Church of Christ - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Genesis Baptist Church - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Salvation Army Center of Hope - 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

WFMY News 2


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