The Port Arthur News
A non-profit organization will provide a Thanksgiving meal to 700 families who may have been otherwise unable to celebrate this year.
Everlasting Changes, a Christian non-profit group based in Groves, sent vouchers to local schools, churches and other non-profit organizations in search of families in need during the holidays. On Saturday, Nov. 23, 700 pre-selected families will come to the Mid-America Contractors building, 3900 East Parkway, Groves, for a Thanksgiving feast. The first 350 families will be served at 10:30 a.m., with lunch for the remaining families beginning at noon. There will be activities available for children, and each family will leave the building with a turkey and a basket of food.
This is the organization’s fourth annual event, and each year, attendance grows slightly in numbers, Jenell Fisher, secretary and treasurer for Everlasting Changes, said. Last year, the organization fed 600 families.
“Every year we’re hoping to gain more sponsorship,” said Fisher, who lives in Mont Belvieu. “We always increase, even if it’s just a little bit.”
Founded in 2008 by Elizabeth Cravens, owner of Mid America Contractors, LLC, Everlasting Changes serves the community throughout the year, including a Christmas giveaway and an annual charity dinner in February. At Thanksgiving, a time when many volunteers focus on the homeless, Everlasting Changes decided to provide for a demographic that tends to slip through the cracks during holiday season, Fisher said.
“A lot of organizations are feeding the homeless people or the poverty-stricken, but there's a lot of middle-class people that have problems making ends meet at the holidays,” Fisher said. “We just want to make sure that everybody is blessed with a Thanksgiving dinner.”
The families aren’t the only ones who are blessed, Fisher said.
“I think it's a huge blessing — not just for the people in the area, but for the volunteers, for the workers, for everybody,” she said. “It's such a great feeling to be a part of something that's bigger than yourself.”