Thanksgiving Day Prayer Before Meal

November 24, 2011 by staff 

Thanksgiving Day Prayer Before Meal, Volunteers gather for prayer before packing Thanksgiving dinners for military families in need Saturday at the Associated Churches Food Bank.
Today, 100 soldiers in need will sit down with their families to a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, thanks to the generosity and volunteerism of others who care.

Those families include one local military family with three small children whose house burned to the ground this year, said Jonathan Lorenz, chaplain for the Indiana Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry.

The recession has been tough on everyone, he said, and many military families in particular, are hurting.

“For some, the military pay is their only income, and many have lost their jobs and cannot find work outside of their Army status,” Lorenz said.

That’s where Associated Churches of Fort Wayne stepped in.

To make sure local military families in need do not go without food during the Thanksgiving holiday, volunteers assembled about 100 meals this week at the Associated Churches’ warehouse on Wayne Street.

Each boxed meal included enough food to feed eight people.

From the warehouse, the meals were delivered to the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard near Fort Wayne International Airport.

Military personnel then delivered or made the meals available for pickup by veterans and military families at the Indiana Air National Guard as well as at the Army National Guard Armory on Cook Road.

“The program has been a great help to the soldiers in our battalion,” Lorenz said.

Roger Reece, executive pastor of Associated Churches and a former Army chaplain, has been involved with the program for the past three years.

“Just being able to help these soldiers who are going through a difficult time is very rewarding,” Reece said.

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