By Steve Schippers

What’s better than a Turkey at Thanksgiving?  For Quad Cities families in need the answer is Thanksgiving Essentials Baskets filled with non-food items such as soft, fluffy bath towels, laundry detergent, personal hygiene products.  Thanks to the generosity of our congregation, we gave over 100 Thanksgiving Essentials Baskets to five local agency partners to distribute to the populations they serve.  Each of these five agency partners sent grateful thank-you cards to our congregation.  

From Churches United: “Your baskets were beautiful and all the great things inside were just what we needed.”   

From Healthy Families: “The laundry soap, hygiene products and washcloths are all things that our families go without when finances get tight.  This is such a huge blessing!”

Additionally, new this year, our families delivered Thanksgiving Baskets to local agency partners.  Becca Peterson, our Family Ministries Director, says that these deliveries were “awesome.”  Our young people and their families were warmly welcomed and thanked for their generosity and received an education about each agency partner and the population they serve in the process.

Thank you for your support of this new twist on Thanksgiving Baskets.  Thanks to our youth of all ages for their diligent work to uniquely package over 30 different items in each basket.


Click on the images for a bigger version. Thank you to all of the families and young people who helped deliver baskets!