David Rosen
Volunteer for Eastridge Church, Caleb, was handing out free turkeys and groceries to people in need on Nov. 23 as part of the church's annual turkey giveaway event. People arrived as early at 4am to get a free bird.

UPDATE: Eastridge Church will give away 1500 FREE turkeys and groceries Nov. 23

The program is for families in need and people lined up starting at 4 am

UPDATE 10 am
People began lining up early, as early as 4 am in the shivering cold, for the Eastridge Church turkey and grocery giveaway Nov. 23. Volunteers arrived at 5:30 to prepare for the annual event. They split the total number of turkeys between two locations, Issaquah and West Seattle, but at 1500 birds, that means lot of people will have a genuinely thankful turkey day.

Original Post Nov. 11
As they've done for several years now Eastridge Church will provide 1,500 free Thanksgiving turkeys and bags of groceries to families in need on Saturday, November 23, beginning at 9 a.m. (while supplies last) at their two locations: Issaquah and West Seattle. The church will also be giving free haircuts from licensed stylists (Issaquah only), coats and gloves for children and adults, and Bibles.

“Thanksgiving is a holiday when we naturally reflect on our lives and blessings, but when families have limited resources it can also be a stressful time,” said Eastridge Church Lead Pastor, Steve Jamison. “For the past 10 years we have offered a free turkey and bag of groceries to families who may be struggling to make ends meet. Our goal is to show our neighbors that Eastridge cares by providing a meal this Thanksgiving.”

This year Eastridge will give away 500 more turkeys and groceries than in previous years. This is in response to an increasing need the church sees each year, as well as recent changes to the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program), which benefits one in seven Americans.

When: Saturday, November 23, starting at 9 a.m., while supplies last

Where: The West Seattle Campus of Eastridge Church
4500 39th Avenue SW, Seattle (across from West Seattle Bowl)
and their Issaquah location

The 1,500 dinner packages will be given out first-come, first-served, with no demonstration of need required to receive the assistance.

For more information, contact Eastridge Church at 425-270-6300 or EastridgeToday.com

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