Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner 4 the Homeless at FUMC

On Thanksgiving Day at noon we will open the doors of First United Methodist Church and serve the homeless a complete Thanksgiving dinner. We will be serving 30 to 40 men and women who otherwise would not have a Thanksgiving dinner on this special day. How can you help? What do we need? What are the details? See the information below.

We will be serving dinner at noon on Thanksgiving day.

We need large vans and van drivers. The vans will leave FUMC at 11:15 am and pick up our homeless guests at approx 11:30 am near the corner of Ridgewood and Bay Street in Daytona Beach, FL. After Thanksgiving dinner, at approx. 1:30 pm, we will drive our guests back to downtown Daytona Beach, FL.

We need paper plates, forks, knives and napkins. Plastic cups. Foam cups for hot drinks.

We need loving men, women and children to serve the meal to our guests. Servers should arrive at 11:15 am for instructions and last minute set up.

We need any and all food donations. What kind of food do we need? Turkeys, ham, potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, dressing, rolls and all of the other things you and I typically enjoy during Thanksgiving dinner. Whipped Cream and Pumpkin pie. Pecan pie and other sweets and treats. We also need drink donations. Lemonade. Coffee. Ice Tea.

Musicians. Can you play the guitar? The bongos? The piano? Get my drift? We would love to have music during dinner.

People willing to clean up during and after dinner. Clean up is not a glamorous job and has the least bit of glory but it is very important.

Need the church address? It's 305 Dunlawton Ave, Port Orange, FL 32127

Need the church website? Click here.

Why do we serve Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless? Last year Ron came for Thanksgiving dinner. He felt uncomfortable with the clothes he was wearing. Someone from our church gave him a clean shirt and a tie to wear for dinner. Look at the smile on Ron's face in the photo below. That's just one of the reasons that we serve Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless. You, your family and friends are invited to join us.

For more information give me a call on my cell phone (386)295-7739.


  1. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My birth family began a tradition after we grew up of inviting to dinner anyone we knew who didn't have a family to spend the day with. Whether or not they were Christian, everyone (all ages) was invited to share at prayer time what they were thankful for. For the last 20 yrs I've been 1300 miles away from them and no longer share this treasured time.

    So I found a new family to spend the day with. My house will celebrate on Friday, because on Thursday I'll be with my sisters in Christ who are presently incarcerated at the local jail. Our church cooks turkey dinner for the whole facility. My privilege is to address the women who are separated from their families, remind them that in Christ they have another family, and invite those not yet part of the family to join the rest of us.

    And in the brief minutes that I speak to prisoners, officers, and church members, I'll be thanking the Lord in my heart for His blood, being adopted into His family, and being among family.

  2. P.S. I make it a point to wear orange on that day, to match the jumpsuits the inmates wear. :D

  3. we can't wait to get there, Mike...