By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFRO

The holiday season is upon us as 2018 winds down. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year for many who celebrate with traditions that are near and dear to them. Others just enjoy the festivities of the season.  Whatever your choice may be, the holidays are often a time of reflection, family, and fellowship.

While the holidays are exciting for many, others who are less fortunate often wish that they could bypass this time of year all together.  The church community is reminded of this every year and many churches have stepped up to help those in need during Thanksgiving.

United Baptist Church in East Baltimore, led by Pastor Carl Solomon gives “Bags That Bless” to people in the community that contain turkeys, canned greens, yams, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, potatoes, and other Thanksgiving dinner items. This year they are blessing nearly 100 families.

Morning Star Baptist Church of Woodlawn, where Bishop Dwayne Debnam is pastor, distributed Thanksgiving dinner baskets to 100 families ensuring they have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.  Rehoboth Light of the World Church also in Baltimore County, is pastored by Rev. Benjamin Long. The church, in partnership with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, gave away Thanksgiving baskets to families in need.

New Psalmist Baptist Church in Northwest Baltimore, where Bishop Walter Thomas is pastor, partnered with the Maryland Food Bank to supply 300 families with their Thanksgiving meals.  Speak to My Heart Ministries gave Thanksgiving baskets and dinners to those in need in their congregation and local community.

This is just a small sample of churches that are working to help others during the Thanksgiving holiday.  There are many, many more churches doing their part to make life better for others.  It is wonderful to know that the faith community looks out for those in need.

This year, be mindful of those in your space.  Persons that need help don’t always ask for it.  Go out of your way to be a blessing to them.  We have so much to be thankful for.  Many churches are having Thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving morning.  Do yourself a favor and go to worship before you begin your Thanksgiving meal.  Thank God for his blessings to you and giving you the ability to bless others.