With help from community and friends, Flatlands Reformed Church held their second Thanksgiving Community Meal on Thanksgiving Day with generous helpings of love served along with the meal at 3931 Kings Highway.
“Our mission is to love God and love others, and this is an opportunity to fulfill our mission,” Pastor Paul Glover told the Canarsie Courier.
With over a half-dozen catered main courses and a variety of side dishes and desserts donated by community partners, the Haitian-American Community Council (HCC) and Michael’s of Brooklyn, they were ready for the 173 people who registered this year. Both upper and lower floors of the church were set up for two separate seatings to accommodate the additional 98 people they served this year.
The event was free and open to the public, but most people who attended were from the immediate neighborhood and church family or heard about the event through community partners. It was especially meaningful for those who had nowhere else to go on Thanksgiving.
According to Jillian Torres-Glover, who works side by side with her husband to lead the church, there were about 50 volunteers at the event, held in collaboration with the HCC, P.S./I.S. 109, Flatlands Community Partnership, the 63rd Precinct, Marine Park Hardware, Utica to Flatbush Initiatives, New York Edge and H.O.W.
“We have been blessed with space, and to use our space to bless others on a day like Thanksgiving is humbling,” Glover said.