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Bladen County OutReach Project


Thanksgiving is a time of year when thoughts turn to spending time with family and friends over a warm, home cooked meal. For some folks, Thanksgiving is a lonely time of the year as they have no family or their family lives far away, they are homeless, or they don’t have enough to eat.

BladenOnline.com, some churches and other caring people around Bladen County are attempting to change that in the hopes their effort will make the holiday a little brighter for others.

Charlotte Smith with BladenOnline.com said, “We want to make sure no one goes hungry or feeling unloved during the Thanksgiving holiday. We know there are churches in our area that feed others during the holiday, and we want to help spread the word about those meals  and join in where needed during this  season for thankfulness.”

There are still communities in our rural areas that don’t have a Thanksgiving Dinner project. Bladen Online wants to facilitate a meal in every Bladen County community if possible. Any volunteers are welcome to join us in service to others.

–In Bladenboro Living Water Worship Center located at 55 Clyde King Drive, Bladenboro, will be serving a meal on Thanksgiving Day at 2 p.m.

–In Clarkton Pas. Shannon Owens Ross said the God’s Bounty Thanksgiving meal will be served at Clarkton United Methodist Church located on US Hwy 701 south, Clarkton. The meal will be served on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  She said anyone is welcome.

Ross said the meal is a joint effort of the Bluefield and Clarkton United Methodist Churches.  She added they also receive assistance from Windsor United Methodist Church who supply the grills and cook the turkeys and Clarkton Baptist Church who prepare the sweet potato casserole.

Ross said the group also carries take-out plates to the shut-ins, elderly and anybody that is in need.

Ross said volunteers are still needed to prepare the remaining side dishes, to assist with preparing plates for delivery and the delivery process.

To volunteer or make a donation for God’s Bounty, call Pas. Shannon Owens Ross at 910.876.4160 or email at sross@nccumc.org.

–In Elizabethtown, Open Door Ministries with assistance from  Elizabethtown Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, Singletary Methodist Church, Richardson’s Baptist Church, Love Grove Baptist church and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will be serving a meal on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The meal will be served at Open Door Ministries located at 2704 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown.

Rev. Randy Andrews of Open Door Ministries said volunteers were welcome.

“Anybody that shows up and wants to work, they are more than welcome to come,” said Andrews.

He said in addition to the meal, there will be music, singing, crafts and free clothing.

Andrews said the elderly and shut-ins can receive delivery by calling Open Door Ministries at 910.862.1566 and leaving a message.

Andrews said volunteers will be preparing 25 hams and 25 turkeys for the meal, along with a lot of side dishes.

If your business, church or community organization is having a Thanksgiving community outreach event, contact Bladen Online at bladenonline.com@gmail.com or by calling 910.876.5393 or 910.876.5830.