First Baptist Mahan gives turkeys during “time for thankfulness”

Published 6:53 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2023

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Saturday was a morning of thankfulness as First Baptist Church Mahan and Crocker Funeral Home continued their yearly Thanksgiving spirit with their Turkey Day Giveaway held on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 112 Mahan St. Members of both organizations worked together to help provide turkeys to residents in need of a Thanksgiving dinner with a coordinated drive through. During the giveaway, Crocker Funeral Home President Michelle Clark talked about the importance of helping provide food security for residents in need.

“Everyone knows that the cost of everything has increased, and which is why this year is ultimately important that we hold this because grocery prices are ridiculous, and I know that there are people in the Suffolk community that need the assistance,” Clark said.

Clark talked about how much it takes to pull the charity off, calling it a “coordinated effort” between Crocker Funeral staff and First Baptist Church Mahan.

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“We are so blessed to partner with First Baptist Mahan, and we also help the families at the Department of Social Services,” she said. “So it’s just a coordinated effort.” 

First Baptist Church Mahan Deacon-In-Training Sharon Reid expressed how uplifting it is to bless residents in need.

“There is much joy in my heart, and at the same time, there is a lot of need in our communities. But it’s such a blessing that as the cars are coming by, people are saying, ‘Thank you.’ They are so appreciative, so it makes it all worth it,” Reid said. 

First Baptist Church Mahan Valerie Brown agreed with Reid and expressed how thankful they are to be able to help others.

“It’s a time for thankfulness and we’re blessed that we’re able to bless others,” Brown said.

Clark says anyone interested in volunteering for the next turkey giveaway can apply next year while offering assistance for those in need this year.

“We also will take funding for donations,” she said. “Crocker Funeral Home donates the turkey and the collards, and if anyone needs assistance, just please look out [for] next year. Or if they are desperately in need of assistance this year, come let the funeral home know, and we will see what we can do.”