Eastridge Church to distribute Thanksgiving provisions, including 1,000 turkeys

November 14, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 14, 2012

In a decade-old Thanksgiving tradition, Eastridge Church plans to deliver 1,000 turkeys and bags of groceries to families in need Saturday.

The church distributes dinner packages on a first-come, first-served basis, and no demonstration of need is required for assistance. The giveaway continues as long as supplies last.

“The Thanksgiving season is a time to we all naturally reflect on our lives and the good things that we’re experiencing, but it can also be a difficult time for families with limited resources,” Lead Pastor Steve Jamison said in a statement.

The event starts at 9 a.m. at the church’s Sammamish Plateau campus, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

“We want to show our community that Eastridge cares by providing a blessing this Thanksgiving to those who may be struggling to make ends meet,” Jamison said. “This is our 10th year providing a turkey and bag of groceries to families and this year we’ll also be giving away free haircuts from stylists who attend Eastridge, coats and gloves for children and adults, and Bibles.”

Eastridge Church leaders plan to distribute dinner packages at the same time at the church’s West Seattle campus, 4500 39th Ave. S.W.

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5 Responses to “Eastridge Church to distribute Thanksgiving provisions, including 1,000 turkeys”

  1. Matt Barry on November 14th, 2012 3:59 pm

    “we’ll also be giving away . . . Bibles.”

    Ahh, yes. The REAL reason why Eastridge is doing this event. To convert hungry and emotionally vulnerable people to Christianity.

    If Eastridge’s real goal was to help people, they would hand out the turkeys WITHOUT simultaneously shoving religion down people’s throats.

    This article isn’t about turkeys. It’s about vultures.

  2. Florenceorange123@gmail.com on November 16th, 2012 12:23 pm

    Need help with food for thanks giving 4 in the family

  3. Anonymous on November 19th, 2012 7:24 am

    Thank you Eastridge for helping the community all these years. You have cheered up so many with your turkey dinners and fixings so that they can share it with family and others to make it a Thankful and Happy Thanksgiving. Unfortunately this year I wasn’t able to make it to Eastridge to get my provision, but I’m glad if someone else in need was able to be helped. Keep in mind Eastridge is a church. They have every reason to exercise their freedom of speech, especially if you’re on their church grounds, to let people discover and know about their congregation and their Christian beliefs. Other than being humbled by a warm, welcoming handshake and a Happy Thanksgiving or Merry Christmas as you proceed to the handoff to pick up your whole frozen turkey and your packaged bag of veggies, gravy, stuffing etc, I have no other feeling but leaving there feeling grateful and blessed. I have never felt bible thumped.

  4. Dana Griffith on November 28th, 2012 4:14 pm

    Mr. Barry, wondering why you would be offended so much by a church’s offer of a free Bible? No one was required to accept the Bible in order to receive his or her grocery bag. But in a way, you are correct- the church’s goal is not only to feed a family a nutritious Thanksgiving meal which will last but a day (plus leftovers,hopefully;), but more importantly to supply them with a life-changing resource with eternal benefits.

  5. Matt Barry on December 3rd, 2012 11:51 am

    Dana, it’s offensive any time a vulnerable person is intentionally targeted and manipulated for a conversion attempt. It’s predatory, plain and simple. Decent people know that authentic gifts (in this case, turkeys) should be given without any strings attached.

    Regardless, thanks for confirming what I wrote. You’ve admitted that the main reason for the event (your words: “more importantly”) is to convert people to your religion. Thus, it looks like we both agree that the Issaquah Press has failed to provide accurate information about Eastridge’s primary motive for this event. Too bad they didn’t interview you, since you’re apparently more candid than the person they did interview.

    Perhaps the Press’s article about next year’s bible giveaway will reflect your honest disclosure and emphasize the real agenda. Thus, the article title next year should be “Eastridge Church to distribute bibles to supply eternal benefits” and then bury the following deep in the article: “We’ll also be giving away turkeys.”

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