Thanksgiving Baskets

By: Christ Frank
By: Christ Frank

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For thousands of Wichitans, a traditional Thanksgiving meal can't be taken for granted.
They're getting some help, from a local church ministry.
The Bread Of Life Ministry is handing out more than 2,000 turkeys and hams, seven to eight tons of potatoes, six tons of canned goods, and 3,000 packages of dinner rolls.
Cathy Fisher wasn't expected to be in a food handout line. A week ago, she was building airplanes at Raytheon.
Since then, she's been laid off like some 9,000 other Wichitans who used to look to the aircraft industry for their bread and butter.
Cathy Fisher says, "I don't know, just everything was okay. And then they said so many people are getting laid off."
Fisher is among some five to six thousand who stood in a long line to receive their Thanksgiving meal through the Bread Of Life Ministry.
Those who wanted to be at or near the front of the line were here before sunrise, even though the doors didn't open until ten o'clock.
Food recipient Richard Eastman says, "Seven o'clock standing in line just so we could get a turkey so we could feed our fat baby, my fat husband."
Bread Of Life began as an outreach of Living Word Church. What started out so small has grown to serve thousands.
Living Word Church Pastor Bubby Hudson says, "In our beginnings in 1992 we were anticipating 50 families a week possibly. What we're up to now is we're feeding 64,000 people a year."
And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, some of the people in line expressed their thankfulness for the help.
One woman said, "I'm glad Bread of Life's here to help. If it wasn't for Bread of Life I don't know what we'd do."
One contrast to the cold wind chill is the warm generosity of those who make this possible so that folks like Cathy Fisher and so many others can have a traditional Thanksgiving with lots of food.
Most of their food comes from the Kansas Food Bank Warehouse. Bastor Bubby Hudson encourages companies and churches to support
the Kansas Food Bank so it can have the resources to supply outreaches like this one.

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