This year marks the 32nd year that Parkside Church has endeavored to provide complete Thanksgiving dinners to families who might otherwise be unable to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. There are several ways you and your family can participate in this fun and meaningful project that not only bestows kindness and love to our neighbors, but also brings together our church family through this service opportunity. Join us this November as we partner with Scranton Road Bible Church to help make the holiday season brighter for families in Cleveland.
Four Ways to Help with the Thanksgiving Box Project
1. Prepare a Dinner Box
In a 12"x18" box with a lid (or a box that is closeable), please include the following:
- 1 muffin or roll mix
- 2 cans of vegetables
- 1 can of fruit
- 1 large box of instant potatoes
- 1 large can of yams
- 1 large box of stuffing mix
- 1 package of Jello-O or pudding mix
- 1 dessert mix (cake, frosting, cookies, pies, etc.)
- 1 jar/can of pickles or olives
- 1 can cranberry sauce
- 1 jar/mix/can of gravy
- 1 turkey roasting bag
- 1 disposable turkey roasting pan*
(*Please keep this item separate from the box for delivery)
Additional optional items can be added such as coffee, tea, candies, soup, jellies, sugar, nuts, flour, crackers, cereals, canned meats, peanut butter, tissues, toothpaste, toiletries, etc.; however, please do not include any homemade food items including canned goods.
If you are part of a group bringing items for a box, please wait to bring the box to church until it has been completely filled. Also, consider putting together more than one box per group.
Boxes may be dropped off at the storage room across from Books by the Park and Common Grounds Cafe any time between October 21-November 16. Please leave the boxes open rather than taping them shut. Approximately 400 boxes will be needed.
*Note: Due to a special donation this year, 12"x18" cardboard boxes are available for pick-up to use for the project. Pick one up at the storage room across from Books by the Park and Common Grounds Cafe.
2. Donate Money for a Turkey
You can make a contribution to help cover the cost of the turkeys. Please write “Box Project” on the memo line of your check and drop it in the offering plate. Please do not put it in your dinner box.
3. Load the Truck
Help load the dinner boxes into the trucks on Saturday morning, November 17, at Parkside at 8am. Please call Tracy at (330) 562-0721 if you can help with this stage. She needs approximately 15 volunteers.
4. Help Distribute the Meals
Join us on Saturday, November 17, from 10am-12pm, at Scranton Road Bible Church for the distribution. No need to call, just meet us at Scranton Road Bible Church, 3095 Scranton Rd., Cleveland, 44143.
Directions to Scranton Road Bible Church:
Take 480 (east or west) to 176 North. Travel on 176 North approximately 2.25 miles to the West 14th Street exit and go north. When you get to Clark Avenue (about .4 mile), turn left. In about .5 mile you will arrive at Scranton Road. Scranton Road Bible Church will be on the corner.