Things have changed dramatically since last Thanksgiving. What was an annual John 3:16 Mission holiday event for Tulsa families will be transformed this year. The pandemic has thrust many into extremely tough situations. Covid19 means the need for the Mission’s help and support has increased exponentially. Many have lost jobs. Some have lost their homes or face eviction. The annual food drive will have to help hundreds.
Naturally, all of John 3:16 Mission’s events and gatherings will follow COVID-19 health protocols recommended by authorities.
The Mission plans to serve Thanksgiving dinner starting on Tuesday November 24th at 6:30 PM. Those holiday dinners will be served every night for the following four nights.
The Mission and its volunteers will serve up to 300 homeless Tulsans at the opening night kick off of this event. Over the course of the multi-night event, the Mission will serve over 2,500 Thanksgiving meals. John 3:16 Mission has been providing meals, shelter and care to Tulsa’s hungry and homeless since 1952. This year, the banquet runs from Nov. 24 – Nov. 28. Meals are served nightly at 6:30 p.m.
“We are asking everyone to go grocery shopping for us. Just add a turkey and some extra holiday food items to your shopping carts. Then we will put those same items into the food baskets we give to people who are desperately poor,” says John 3:16 Mission president and senior pastor, Rev. Steve Whitaker.
“We are absolutely in need of your help. This year the pandemic has increased the needs of everyday people who have never needed our help before. We are asking you to join us as we work to put food on the tables of those who literally have to depend on the kindness of strangers during this year’s holiday season.”
WHAT: The kick off of John 3:16 Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Banquet for the city’s hungry and homeless. Thousands to be fed.WHERE: John 3:16 Mission, 506 N. Cheyenne Ave., inside New Life Hall, 506 N. Cheyenne Ave., downtown Tulsa