Thanksgiving for area needy

KINGSFORD – Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford continued their annual tradition of assembling and distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to people in need in their congregation and in the community.

For nearly the last 10 years, church members have hosted a rummage sale in October, with proceeds from the sale benefiting Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas gifts and other monetary donations given in the Kingsford community and elsewhere, said Erin Forsberg, Director of Christian Education at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

This year the rummage sale proceeds were enough to fill 40 baskets for those in need.

The baskets included items needed to make a full Thanksgiving meal – a full turkey or ham, potatoes, apples, canned vegetables, rolls, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, a head of lettuce and more.

The church collects names in the beginning of November of those who could benefit from receiving a basket, and assembles them the week before Thanksgiving for people to pick up or have delivered to their home.

They hope the baskets will provide for not just a physical need, but a spiritual one as well as devotional books and Bibles have been included in the baskets through the years.

“Our Redeemer extends their thanks and appreciation to Econo Foods, who helps supply the food and delivers it to the church on the day the baskets are assembled,” said Forsberg.