Katy hosts Thanksgiving Feast
An hour before serving was set to start for the eight annual Katy Thanksgiving Feast, a nearly block-long line formed outside the Family Life Center.
“We’re excited and honored to host this year’s event,” said Richard White, senior pastor of Katy First United Methodist Church, one of a dozen congregations participating in this year’s event on Nov. 22. “This Thanksgiving Feast had a great response from volunteers from all congregations.”
“We’re thankful that we can do this for our community,” said White. FUM hosted the Thanksgiving Feast three years ago. Kathy Fraser, who helped to enlarge a Thanksgiving program started by Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in 2003, said hosting changes every year. “We wanted it to rotate around so it’s not any one church’s outreach but it’s the community.”
White said the community had donated 300 coats from which attendees could select. In the back parking lot, Clothed by Faith had tables of clothing in bags sorted by gender and age to give to attendees, also. Last year, the nonprofit served about 500 people. Other participating nonprofits included Katy Christian Ministries, Christ Clinic and the Pregnancy Help Center.
Donations to the event included nonperishable canned goods and diapers, which people who attended the Thanksgiving Feast could take home with them, said White.
Church volunteers opened two serving lines of food to accommodate the guests. Many people take food to go to celebrate with their families, said White. The program also delivers meals to shut-ins, and Tina Hatcher, director of Home Impacts, which serves the homeless, also makes sure people her Katy nonprofit serves receive food.
Organizers planned on this year’s Thanksgiving Feast serving 1,200 people. White said 1,400 attended last year’s Thanksgiving Feast, which he attributed to the impact of Hurricane Harvey. A lot of people still are displaced, he said. “There’s just a lot of people still hurting.”
White opened the 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Feast with a prayer. He then listed the 12 participating churches: Alief Baptist Church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, The Church at Cane Island, Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, First Baptist Church of Katy, First United Methodist Church of Katy, Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church, Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, Kingsland Baptist Church, New Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church and Trinity Baptist Church.