MIDLAND, Mich.—For many years Calvary Baptist Church has aimed to be a blessing to its community by providing Thanksgiving meals for its neighbors in need.

The church supplies its members with custom-printed cloth grocery bags. Then members each fill a bag with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal, including potatoes, stuffing, and vegetables, and include $20 in an envelope for the recipient to purchase a frozen turkey. Local organizations and the congregation provide the names of people in the community who would benefit from the meals.

When they receive the filled bags, many of the recipients are overwhelmed by the gesture and cry tears of joy, says David Warren, discipleship pastor at Calvary Baptist Church. In particular, he says, people living in a nearby mobile home park that had been significantly impacted by a recent flood in Midland were extremely blessed through the project.

The church’s single adults do the bulk of the organizing for the project, and in all, the church delivered 100 meals to those in need.