On Sunday, thousands of people came together at a Maryland church to help out with this year’s Thanksgiving.
The need is increasing every year at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington as it has become a tradition.
Contributions from the church membership were used to purchase $50 gift cards.
Services are still conducted online, but the ministry continues to operate, and on Sunday, many people attended.
“We’ve always been connected to the community, the church to the community, and we want to do the work to help those who are in need,” Pastor Jo Ann Browning told.
Before the giveaway of grocery gift cards began, people stood in line for hours. Unlike before, $50 now goes a little farther, as the need grows even greater.
“We did it because during the pandemic last Thanksgiving, we saw the need was so great, we actually had homeless persons who were in the church parking lot at 2:30 a.m. waiting for the food gift cards, and so this year we assume there could be as many as 3,000 persons,” noted Pastor Grainger Browning.
“The line has gone back for 2 miles.”
With two lanes and several dozen volunteers, the process was efficient.
Allentown Road and the line were cleared about an hour later.