Volunteers gathered at Twentynine Palms High School to help distribute Thanksgiving meal supplies to over 300 families.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — Combined efforts provided free turkeys and dinner supplies for hundreds of local families Saturday, Nov. 23. The Interact Club at Twentynine Palms High School hosted its annual Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway.

“With contributions from the Twentynine Palms Junior High, Twentynine Palms Elementary School and Condor Elementary School, they have put together the food and the money for 300 families to have Thanksgiving dinner in their own homes. Every family who comes today has pre-signed up for a turkey and a bag of food that’s the basics for a Thanksgiving dinner,” said 29 Palms Food Pantry President Lori Cosgriff.

“We’ve been doing this for 20 years.”

The volunteers committed to service ensure the tradition continues. Gathering donations, preparing for the event and distributing the turkeys and fixings for 300 local families to prepare and enjoy thanksgiving meals in their own homes. Cosgriff thanked those in attendance for rejuvenating her with their spirit and generosity.

“I came tired and I am not tired now,” she said.

Thanks and gratitude were watchwords for the evening, which saw musical performances by the Palm Baptist Church Praise Team, Rev. Bryan Oakley, Hunter and the Wick’d and the 180 Band.

Thanks was also given in the form of dance performances by children from the Spirit and Truth Worship Center Church and Born Again Ministries.

In his brief talk, Gospel Fellowship Christian Center Church Pastor T.K Washington cautioned people not to expect their Thanksgivings to be perfect.

“It’s not going to be perfect,” he said while adding that they should not worry about that. “God is going to be there even if you burn that turkey.”

He urged everyone to decrease their GPH (grumblings per hour), and increase their TPH (Thanksgivings per hour).

Bishop Perry Ford of Spirit and Truth Worship Center urged those in attendance to be thankful even for difficult times.

“Sometimes it is hard to praise God in difficult situations,” he said. “I’m just thankful for the bad times.” Father Eliseus Uju of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church reminded everyone to thank God after we have come through difficult times.

“Thank God for the times he has healed us,” he said.

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