Tri-Cities organizations helping provide Thanksgiving meals for those in need


TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) – Thanksgiving is around the corner and some in our region may not have the opportunity to enjoy turkey and all the trimmings.

News Channel 11’s Blake Lipton caught up with a few local organizations that are stepping up this Thanksgiving to provide meals for those in need.

Haven of Mercy Ministries in downtown Johnson City plans to feed about 4,000 people during their Thanksgiving feast on Thursday. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until everyone is fed.

“We’re cooking about 55, 60 turkeys right now in a pit out here,” said Pastor Grant Rockley, “so they’ll be first class.”

Haven of Mercy will also deliver meals to those in need.

Good Samaritan Ministries is distributing food boxes through its Thanksgiving Food Program. They are operating out of the former Johnson City Ford building off of Princeton Road.

“This building is an entire production, so we have volunteers that come here, that pack the boxes, organize the area and then we actually give away the food from here,” said Pai Mushayamunda of Good Samaritan Ministries.

This past Saturday, Good Samaritan served more than 2,500 people through its food drive. They are still looking for food donations and financial help.

“As many of us know, the need is still there, we have a current waiting list of people that need food for the Thanksgiving holidays,” said Mushayamunda. “We believe that every family deserves to have a meal at the table.”

People Loving People in Rogersville could also use more volunteers, drivers, desserts, biscuits and corn bread for dressing and financial support.

Now in its 16th year, the organization delivers meals to those in need from Southwest Virginia to Morristown and provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal at Joseph Rogers Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.

“It’s just an awesome opportunity to be with someone that has no one,” said President Dr. Blaine Jones, “to be able to sit down with them and talk to them, a lot of people just want that, the food is a secondary thing for them.”

More information be found on People Loving People’s website or their Facebook page.

Good Samaritan Ministries can be reached at (423) 928-0288 and more information can be found the Good Samaritan website.

Donations can also be dropped off at 100 N. Roan St. in Johnson City.

Haven of Mercy Ministries is located at 123 W. Millard St. in Johnson City.

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