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Troops’ families to get turkey and trimmings

Statement as issued Monday by the Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County:

Fort Wayne, IN, October 29, 2012 -- By working with family support personnel at local military bases, Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County will identify military families in need during the holidays. In preparation for Thanksgiving, 100 meals will be assembled on Saturday, November 10, at 9 a.m. in the Associated Churches warehouse, 602 E. Wayne Street. The boxes will be delivered to the 122d Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard, located at 3005 W. Ferguson Road on Tuesday, November 13, at 1:30 p.m.

Each meal will serve eight people and cost approximately $36. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, families will also be adopted by businesses and church congregations. They will receive meals and gifts to help ease the financial burden that often comes with the holidays. Churches, businesses, and individuals are welcome to help in these projects. Contact Associated Churches at 260-422-3528 or Charlie Hatten by email at chatten@briljent.com

When asked about the impact of the donation, Connie S. Douthat, 122d Fighter Wing Airmen & Family Readiness Program Manager, explained, “At Thanksgiving we are able to give some of them gas cards to get to a family gathering, and the meal that is provided by Associated Churches gives them a way to contribute to the larger meal when they arrive at the celebration.” She continued as she remembered a story from last year, “We had a soldier suffering from PTSD, and he couldn’t get a job. His wife was laid off too. Assistance only goes so far. The fact is if it wasn’t for Associated Churches they wouldn’t have had a Christmas.”

Roger Reece, Executive Pastor of Associated Churches, explains, “Our Military Families Ministry continues to be so important as so many soldiers re-deploy, struggle to find work at home, and simply make sense of life. We are grateful to the community for so strongly supporting this ministry.”

About Associated Churches

Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County was founded in 1944 and includes 135 churches as members. Its primary ministries include the Neighborhood Food Network, A Baby’s Closet, Rising Stars, and Military Families. In 2011, $5,000 was provided to military families in need. To learn more visit: www.AssociatedChurches.org

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