For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. ~ Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
Thanksgiving morning, members of Chappelle Memorial dawned plastic gloves and aprons to serve a hearty and delicious holiday meal to those who otherwise might not have one. Jesus has indeed called us to help the poor and needy and in doing so, we are actually ministering to Him. But this ministry was birthed in the spirit of one member who inspired this Thanksgiving tradition, and her image is the one featured on the aprons, so her legacy and this tradition are inseparable.
Over 16 years ago, Edith General started a holiday tradition for not only her and her family, but for the church and community as well. The Thanksgiving Community Outreach Dinner was started as a way to not only give back, but to be certain that those persons in need of a home cooked meal had a place to get one.
Prior to the passing of Mrs. General in 2013, preparation for the dinner would began the night before the big day. Edith, alongside a few helpers, would spend the night at the church preparing and cooking the food that would be served the next day.
We are now 4 years after her passing and her tradition is still going on strong. As her family ensures that the outreach dinner happens each year, they are forever grateful to their friends, church family, Pastor Drayton and First Lady Drayton for their willingness to serve, committing their time and dedication to making the 2017 Thanksgiving Community Outreach Dinner such a success.
A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Attorney Barry B. George for his donation in support of this outreach and to Mrs. Georgia Solone for cooking the meal. May God bless them tremendously for their contribution.