Thanksgiving celebration

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of joy and celebration — but for those who don’t have the means to provide for themselves, it can be a time of anxiety and despair.

To address that need, Living Word Christian Fellowship in Ozone Park offered the community a free, traditional “Thanksgiving Dinner On Us” sit-down dinner on Nov. 18 at the church. There were 120 individuals in attendance. Diners received a meal that included turkey and all the fixings, not to mention the happy ending of apple and pumpkin pie. The event was made available to individuals and families in the community who otherwise would not have had a Thanksgiving meal.

All guests were also sent home with the fixings so they could have a Thanksgiving on their own at home.

Living Word’s desire is to be an expression of love and compassion to members of the community, reminding them that they are not alone, and someone does care!

At top, the Rev. Joel Sadaphal, center, his wife, MaryAnne, next to him, and some of the hardworking wait staff. Above, Sadaphal speaks to some of the guests.