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Monday, November 17, 2008

Interfaith Cooperative Ministries works to make Thanksgiving a special day for all


NEW HAVEN — The collective generosity of many congregations, organizations, and individuals who are donating food and volunteering time for the annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration Dinner sponsored by Interfaith Cooperative Ministries will make Thanksgiving a little more bountiful for some New Haven families in need, organizers said.
The Thanksgiving Celebration Dinner starts at noon Nov. 27 at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen dining hall in New Haven’s Center Church on the Green Parish House basement. Interfaith Cooperative Ministries is also looking for donations of food and help preparing more than 400 hot turkey meals, which will be distributed to those in need in the community on Thanksgiving Day.
"The holidays tend to bring out the best in people," said Center Church pastor, the Rev. Sandra Olsen in a prepared statement. "This effort by Interfaith Cooperative Ministries and DESK, which serves hundreds of people in need, is truly a community event, with volunteers from all congregations and the public, who so graciously donate food and their time for others who need a hand."
DESK advises interested volunteers to sign up through their congregation, or contact ICM at 776-9526. Food donations (uncooked) can be dropped off at DESK, at 311 Temple St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 24. Cooked food for the Thanksgiving dinner should be delivered to DESK on the morning of Nov. 25.
Center Church on the Green, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), has been located on the New Haven Green for the past 370 years and is a registered New Haven Connecticut Landmark. ThecChurch is actively involved in its community, offering space and assistance to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, as well as involved in Columbus House, Hill Health Center’s The Baby’s Closet, and Christian Community Action & AIDS Interfaith Network. For more information about the church or services, visit NewHavenCenterChurch.org or call (203) 787-0121.

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