A Successful Sign Up Day for Families
On Monday, despite unseasonably cold weather, 225 families lined up to receive their vouchers for a turkey and all the fixings to make a Thanksgiving dinner at home. The remaining 125 vouchers will go to other residents who could not make it on Monday, including at least fifty seniors. After the line had slowed, Ann Fowler, who manages the program, said, “Everyone deserves to have special moments in their lives. Thanksgiving symbolizes family and it’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season for those struggling to put food on the table.”
Meet Jerrica Holliman.
Jerrica has been a resident of Peoplestown for 17 years. Jerrica has three adult children, all of whom have jobs, and she regularly receives groceries from the food pantry. This will be her second year as a participant in the Thanksgiving at Home program at Emmaus House.
What does this Thanksgiving program mean to you?
Jerrica: It means a lot. They help us for real in so many ways nobody would even imagine.
They put a smile on my face. I’m so happy that we have this in our community. People come together around Emmaus House.
Love abounds. And because of everyone's love-inspired generosity, so do turkeys!
We are pleased to announce, with heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has contributed to our Thanksgiving At Home Fundraiser, that as of today, we are 77 percent funded in our goal of providing Thanksgiving meals for over 350 families in the Peoplestown community!
With 24 days left, we are more than hopeful of reaching 100 percent. But we still need your help.
Please don't think, "Oh great! All is well. They'll reach their goal, I need not bother." We still have a ways to go. A mere $10 means a family celebrates their lives together in their own home around a Thanksgiving Day feast. And don’t forget the leftovers they’ll get to enjoy - what’s better than Thanksgiving leftovers?
So, if you haven't contributed, please help us quickly reach our goal. And please urge just one friend or family member to do the same... let's get these birds 'in hand' and share our bounty with many less fortunate than ourselves.
How to Contribute
Our fundraiser is coordinated through IndieGoGo. You can visit our campaign page here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thanksgiving-turkeys-for-families
Please note that your receipt will say that the donation went to “The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.” However, please be assured that 100% of your contribution will come to Emmaus House to purchase Thanksgiving turkeys.
There you can find out more about our Thanksgiving At Home Program, as well as Emmaus House’s general mission and the Peoplestown community that we serve. Please visit our campaign site to discover how you can spread a little love this holiday season.
Lastly, a huge thank you to all who have already contributed to the campaign. And a huge shout out to the staff and volunteers who are lovingly making this effort happen. Blessings to all.