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Gospel Light to feed hundreds with annual holiday food deliveries

by Lance Brownfield | November 23, 2022 at 4:04 a.m.
Volunteers are shown at a previous Thanksgiving. Gospel Light Baptist Church expects 100 volunteers for Thursday's meal deliveries. Photo is courtesy of Gospel Light Baptist Church. - Submitted photo

Gospel Light Baptist Church, located at 600 Garland Ave., is set to host a Thanksgiving feast for local organizations and workers who are unable to get the day off on the holiday.

The annual event is a way for the church to support first responders, civil servants and businesses that are open on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to the expected 1,250 deliveries, the church will be open for walk-ins from 10:30 a.m.

The church expects to feed approximately 1,400 people, topping last year's total of 1,200, of which 1,100 were deliveries. Over 70 turkeys and 160 pumpkin pies will be served alongside other traditional foods, including dressing, corn, green beans, gravy, mashed potatoes and a roll.

Celebrating 30 years of the program, Gospel Light first served only 37 people in 1992 at its inception. According to Capaci, the program grew over the years, but really took off after Gospel Light purchased the Second Baptist Church property years ago. With the purchase came a large cafeteria that allowed the church to "take it to another level."

"It was our location," said Capaci. "We are an inner-city church. We have determined to live where the people are and work with the people."

Capaci went on to say that the majority of the congregation comes from the surrounding neighborhood.

All told, the meals cost the church about $4,000, not including the turkeys and pies, which are donated.

"What we have is an army of volunteers," said Capaci. "Thanksgiving is a day to sleep in and watch football. For these people, they're passing it up until late afternoon."

Starting their preparations at 4 a.m., volunteers will take deliveries all over the county until about 1 p.m. when it's time to clean everything up.

The church encourages anyone who feels led to participate in the deliveries in addition to their own 100 volunteers. With 150-200 deliveries to make, Capaci says that it is a good way for a family to give back. Several businesses and organizations will benefit from the feast, including HSPD and local gas station workers who have to work during the holiday. Some organizations order upward of 100 plates.

For more information, or to volunteer, call 501-624-5288 or visit http://www.gospellight.org.

  photo  Gospel Light is located in the heart of the city at 600 Garland Ave. - Photo by Lance Brownfield of The Sentinel-Record
 
 
  photo  Gospel Light Baptist Church Pastor Eric Capaci stands with an HSPD officer at the 2019 Thanksgiving feast. Photo is courtesy of Gospel Light Baptist Church. - Submitted photo
 
 

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