Mahan First Baptist Church hosts turkey giveaway for those in need – The Suffolk News-Herald

Mahan First Baptist Church Hosts Turkey Giveaway for Those in Need

Posted at 9:43 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2022

Volunteers joined First Baptist Church Mahan and Crocker’s Funeral Home on Saturday to ensure local families have a turkey on their tables this Thanksgiving.

The event, held at the church at 112 Mahan Street on Saturday, November 12, marks the first such event for this partnership.

Crocker Funeral Home President Michelle Pearson-Clark joined Suffolk Police Officer JH Jackson III and his wife Gale to discuss the significance of the event to the community as that they worked to help those in need.

“This year, Crocker Funeral Home has partnered with First Baptist Mahan to give a turkey gift to bring back to the community that has given so much to Crocker Funeral Home over the 90+ years we have been in business,” said said Pearson-Clark. “It will be annual in the future, it is our first. We hope to make it an annual event in partnership with First Baptist Mahan.

The Jackons both took the time to talk about the event and their hopes for next year.

“This is a community event that we joined in partnership with Crocker Funeral Home and First Baptist Church Mahan was selected to do the community turkey donation in partnership,” Constable Jackson said. “We hope next year we’ll try to do the same event, with the volunteers, and get more people to come out and give away free turkeys. We want to give back to the community, so that everyone can be nourished and blessed during Thanksgiving. And that’s what we’re all here for, to give to the less fortunate.

Gale Jackson shared his gratitude to those who came to help and participate in the donation.

“We would also like to thank the Suffolk Sheriff’s Department for their participation today and all of our members who came, volunteered their time,” she said. “It’s a wonderful business. It’s a chance for us as a church to give back and that’s what we seek. We all want to give back to our community. We will have other things later.

Both Pearson-Clark and Officer Jackson shared what they hope everyone takes away from the event.

“That we are here to help and serve people in times of need as much as possible,” Pearson-Clark said. “This First Baptist Church, of course, is a church home for anyone looking for a church home and whom we want to help and support the Suffolk community we have been involved with for so many years.”

Constable Jackson said local residents should always remember there is someone in need. “When someone is in need, if you are blessed, bless your blessings with someone else,” he said. “Remember the church is here for you, God is here for you and we are here for you – First Baptist Church Mahan and also the staff at Crocker Funeral Home.”

Gifts Turkey this weekend

Two more Thanksgiving turkey giveaways are scheduled for Saturday, November 19. Suffolk United is hosting its free Thanksgiving food giveaway from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 201 Holly Lawn Parkway (behind Kroger Main Street). The drive-through event is for anyone in need of food.

Likewise, Councilman LeOtis Williams, LW’s Lawn Service and MWM Investments and Property Management are hosting their annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon at 615 Old E. Pinner Street. During the scheduled time, families can receive a Thanksgiving voucher to use. After noon, the remaining objects will be distributed to the public. For more information, call (757) 925-0747 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jerry B. Hatch