students around Central Texas are officially on Thanksgiving break, and many in Copperas Cove and Killeen used their first day off on Monday not for themselves, but to volunteer their time.
They packed, loaded and delivered 300 Thanksgiving meal boxes to people in the community.
“This kind of just gives you that feeling that you’re doing something that could actually help the world around you and it’s just really inspiring,” said Heather Beardsley, 10th grader at Ellison High School.
That’s how all volunteers felt, happy they could help hundreds of families in need.
“To go out there and knock on that door, to see that face, to present that box, and to see the reaction of the person receiving that box, it’s indescribable,” said Dr. R. Ray Gatewood, Senior Pastor at Bethesda Fellowship Ministries.
Before they could deliver, they had to finish packing, and load everything up into a trailer.
“It’s a need in the area, and that’s what we do, and we try and service Copperas Cove and Killeen, so it’s that need. We are trying to fill a void that’s there every year,” said the Ministry’s Deacon.
Though it may seem like work, the volunteers had a great time.
“When you see the smiles, that’s those young people out there packing boxes, bagging turkeys, and they are laughing joking with each other having a great time, that’s what volunteerism is all about, it’s about helping people and enjoying what you do as you help,” said Dr. Gatewood.
Each box, packed with a Thanksgiving meal for four to show people that good, does exist in this world.
“Who probably don’t have enough money to do thanksgiving themselves, and we get to give them these boxes of food for their family and I remember last year I got so many smiles and I heard this little kid in the background ‘mommy we get to have thanksgiving this year’ and it really warms my heart, I love doing stuff like this,” said Beardsley.
Monday’s event was Phase one of Operation Holiday Uplift.
Phase 2 is the Christmas edition, and Bethesda Fellowship Ministries is always looking for volunteers and donations.
Questions can be directed to Senior Pastor, Bishop R. Ray Gatewood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254)547-3455.