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The gift of Thanksgiving

Posted: November 19, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: November 19, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Families line up and take home food as part of a recent distribution organized by New Life in His Presence Church.


As a recent Friday evening came to a close, some people looked toward the — sky not for inspiration, but in apprehension about the looming clouds.

It was the evening before the second Saturday of the month — also known as food-distribution day every month at New Life in His Presence Church.

We had prepared all evening for another day of helping families.

With the food donations from Valley Food Bank and the congregation and help from more than 40 volunteers, including some from other churches, our hallways were lined with 297 grocery bags and other food items ready to feed a family.

Since that first week, we know that hunger is no match even for adverse weather. Families in need have stood in line in heat that not even our tents could deter. Rain, however, is different. And although we were prepared to provide as much shelter as possible, we knew something that was no match for the weather: our faith.

As we prepared for that week, we asked our volunteers to agree with us in prayer that the clouds would hold their rain in for that morning as we distributed the food. And to the surprise of many (not us) we did not get drenched as was the forecast.

Instead, the morning of Nov. 12 was filled with an out-pour of another kind, the outpouring of God’s blessing and love as we helped feed more than 212 families in our community. These are families that due to many circumstances have found themselves in need of food to put on their tables. Families like a single mother that has to find a way to feed her six children at home, while providing for other necessities as well; or the father who has not been able to find a stable job.

Our goal is to feed more than 500 families every month, and with the blessing of God and the help of churches and volunteers with each passing month we are one step closer to reaching that goal.

This month, in collaboration with the Hartman House Foundation, we will be distributing 500 turkey dinners, with all the trimmings, to members of our community from 9 a.m. to noon today at the church located at 24346 Main St. in Newhall.

For more information about our church visit us at and for information on the Hartman House Foundation, visit


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