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By Toni DeRosa
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Churches spread holiday joy with Thanksgiving meals


Last updated 12/1/2020 at 5:11am

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New Generation Church members, from left, Deacon Javier Cisneros, Pastor Frank Sanchez, member Carlos Figerora, Evangelism Leader Jenna Ballard, Media Coordinator and Sunday School Coordinator Coco Quintero and member Nathan Lopez remained after to clean up.

Almost 1,000 Thanksgiving meals were given out by area churches this past weekend to those in need.

Pastor Frank Sanchez, of New Generation Church, and Pastor Dave Bocker, of Grace Community Church, collaborated on Saturday, Nov. 21 to provide a free Thanksgiving meal to the community.

"We had anticipated about 800 meals, and we were able to give them all away," Sanchez said. "I think we actually gave away about 950 meals with the extra we had leftover."

The Saturday event was held at New Generation Church, 1017 Central Ave.

This particular Thanksgiving meal was different than previous years because it was a drive-thru and pickup only. There would be no visiting with friends and neighbors this year due to the covid-19 guidelines.

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Noemi Ojeda and Yesely Elizondo handed out the meals.

"Each vehicle that drove up was asked how many meals they needed per car," Evangelism Leader Jenna Ballard said.

The City of Wasco also donated free adult and child's masks for everyone made it through the line.

"The members of the church waited until everyone from the community drove through before they got their meal," Sanchez said. "I am grateful and wish we had more to give to the community."

They started serving meals earlier than anticipated due to the number of interested attendees.

New Generation offers services on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1:30.

"The service is in both Spanish and English," Sanchez said. "We have many members who don't speak English as well as many who don't speak Spanish."

Grace Community Church has its Sunday service at 10 a.m.


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