Mel Trotter’s annual Turkey Drop is underway and Executive Director Dennis VanKampen tells us the support from the community is exceptionally welcome this year.
“You drive around the area, we’re seeing homelessness where we’ve never seen it before. And in numbers we’ve haven’t seen before. And that doesn’t even account for the significant increase of families in particular, that are on the verge of homelessness or not homeless yet, but they’re really close.”
The donation of turkeys will help those families in the area who may need a little extra help to put some food on the table. VanKampen says they’re seeing families where people are either out of work, or are working but they have two or three jobs and it doesn’t pay enough to keep their families above water.
VanKampen says the food is especially needed this year as the ministry won’t be able to offer their traditional and free lunch on Thanksgiving day. The annual event at DeVos place has to be put on hold as the Coronavirus has limited in-door gatherings.
For Betsy Taylor of Grand Rapids, this is an opportunity to give back but also an opportunity to teach her children about the importance of thankfulness and sharing. Taylor’s four year old daughter took some of the money she earned this year and bought a turkey to drop off for the ministry.
“It’s been a wonderful tradition for us to come every year, she looks forward to it now.”
If you’d like to help, you can follow this link to Mel Trotter.