By Marjorie Woodfin
Pilot staff writer
Feeding the hungry is a community effort in Brookings-Harbor and the labor to provide those in need with traditional Thanksgiving dinners, with turkey and all the trimmings, is no exception.
An example includes efforts made by Cub Scouts, Outreach Gospel Mission, Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Inc. Food Share, churches, individuals, and other organizations in the community.
This week, members of Cub Scout Pack 124 collected food for the Food Share. On Monday, the Cub Scouts were ready to deliver the food. However, the food bank is not open on Mondays.
No problem. The Scouts made arrangements to deliver the canned goods to the Outreach Gospel Mission.
With the approval of the Scouts, the mission and the food bank divided the donated food, with each receiving 245 pounds of canned food, the mission keeping items appropriate for Thanksgiving boxes and the food bank taking food for the food boxes they distribute on a regular basis.
When food bank director, Julie Davis, visited the mission to meet and thank the cubs and help Chuck Fidroeff, director of the mission, divide the canned goods, she brought turkeys donated to the food bank to be used for the Thanksgiving boxes distributed by the mission.
Donations for the Thanksgiving food boxes have also come from many individuals, organizations and churches.
The mission has announced that Thanksgiving dinner boxes will be ready for those who are needy, hungry, and hurting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24 and 25.
"We gave out 250 boxes last Thanksgiving and we expect the need to be even greater this year," Fidroeff said.
Davis noted that clients have been advised that the food bank will be open the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 and 26, for the usual distribution of food boxes from 9 a.m. to noon, but will not be open on Thanksgiving Day or the day after, Friday, Nov. 28.
For those who are unable to cook Thanksgiving dinner, His Haven of Hope, the shelter for women and children affiliated with the mission and located in Brookings, will be serving dinner on Thanksgiving, with one dinner seating at 1 p.m. and a second following at 2.
Mike Whitman, pastor of Brookings Christian Fellowship, said that members of the church will be serving an early Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, Nov. 26, from noon until 4 p.m. in the VFW Hall at the corner of Pioneer Road and Pacific Avenue.
"Everyone is welcome and every day is a day to be thankful," Whitman said.
The Outreach Gospel Mission is located at 15701 Highway 101, and the telephone number is (541) 412-0278. Fidroeff said help is available at the mission for those in need at all hours, day or night. His Haven of Hope is located at 702 Chetco Ave.
The food bank is at the corner of Willow and Hemlock and food is available for those in need, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon. The phone number is (541) 469-6988.