Community takes action to help Elizabeth City non-profit collect food for Thanksgiving

Posted at 7:13 PM, Nov 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-21 06:04:43-05

Elizabeth City, N.C. - In about a week,  Amen Ministries will be dishing out around 900 plates of turkey with all the fixings.

This will be the eighteenth year Volanda and Eugene Watts, founders of Amen Ministries, have served the Thanksgiving meals.

Holy Trinity Community Church allows them to use their building on South Road St.  They also deliver some of the meals to people as far away as Gates and Dare Counties.

"We have to recognize that there are a lot of homes that would not have a Thanksgiving dinner if it were not for this opportunity to serve them," said Volanda Watts.

To feed that many people they need about 40 turkeys, but until Wednesday they only had five.

So NewsChannel 3 took action.  Before meeting up with the Watts, we stopped into Farm Fresh where we filled a shopping cart with nine turkeys.

After learning where the food was going, Farm Fresh offered to donate five bags of canned food as well.

Throughout the day, others who had heard of the need dropped off more food and turkeys.

"It's neat to see people come together," said Watts.

They're a lot of closer now to dishing up all those plates.

And though they could still use a little more help, they're confidant it will all come together.

"When we've asked for help, the people of Elizabeth City, North Carolina and the surrounding areas have come to our rescue," said Watts.

They could still use some turkeys and dessert and especially need things like utensils and paper plates.  They also need some trucks.  Someone anonymously donated more than 200 pieces of furniture recently.  They need help transporting it all, though.

The furniture they collect is donated to those who are in need.

If you want to help out with donations, you can call them at (252) 338-2515.  That's also the number to call if you need a meal delivered on Thanksgiving Day.