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Gratitude: Local Church Donates 100 Turkey Dinners to District Families


Thanksgiving means different things to different people. For some, it is an expression of gratitude. For others, it is about friends and fellowship. Or, it could about be neighbors helping neighbors. At one local church, all of this goodwill was extended to about 100 district families.

Volunteers with All Nations Church teamed up once again with U. City Schools to host a Happy Thanks Giveaway on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The 2-hour event was held at the church’s location on Olive Boulevard, just west of North & South.   

About 100 families in the school district received a free turkey dinner just in time for Thanksgiving. Each meal included a 12-pound frozen turkey, potatoes and green beans. The families were identified with the help of social workers from Wyman St. Louis who are embedded in all U. City schools.

"We love partnering with the School District of University City for Happy Thanks Giveaway because it's a great chance to come together with shared values,” said One Nations Pastor Chris Paavola. “So whether you're serving turkeys or you're served a turkey, we all come away realizing we have so much to be grateful for."

Following the meal giveaway, families were encouraged to make an artistic contribution to a Thankful Wall at the church. The “wall of hands” now serves as a visual reminder of gratitude and to lend a hand whenever possible.   

The School District is so grateful for its many community partners like All Nations Church. With them, we help our students and families be well and succeed.

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