"WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Triad Dream Center (TDC) has a busy Saturday on tap, when it will provide meals for more than 350 individuals 9 a.m. Sat., Nov. 21 at their location 3650-J North Patterson Ave. in Winston Salem, and later TDC is inviting the public to participate in it’s first ever fundraiser 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, Gaines Ballroom room in downtown Winston-Salem.
In Partnership with The Chris Paul Family Foundation, approximately 100 families will receive the trimmings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner to cook and share as part of TDC ‘s Operation Thanksgiving Blessing. Local area service agencies, schools and law enforcement agencies partnered with TDC to designate the need-based families to come to the church for a worship service, followed by the distribution of dinners.
The activity provides an opportunity for disadvantaged families to accept food from others while maintaining their honor and dignity by cooking and enjoying their family dinner in their own homes.
“In this economy – and the times many are facing today -- a family dinner together is a very important weapon against the many challenges that try to tear families apart,” said TDC’s executive director Pastor, Michael Watson. “This will be a true blessing for those families.”
Each family will be supplied with a complete Thanksgiving dinner, plus 7-8 other meals, including a 12-14-- pound turkey, canned yams, corn, green beans, peas, pork n beans, carrots, cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, rolls and a pumpkin pie.Produce onions potatoes, doz eggs, 2lb ground turkey, hot dogs, biscuits and butter, Sloppy joe, soup, peanut butter, Jelly chicken broth, Hamburger Helper, Mac N cheese, Ramon noodles, pinto beans, rice, flour, sugar, cornbread, cake mix & frosting, cornflakes, Kool-Aid
Later in the day, TDC will conduct a separate “Dream a Little Dream” fundraiser for its other programs. In addition to hunger relief, TDC provides year round community support to address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of clothing, homelessness, employment, medical care, mental health, and education.
The Care & Share Food Pantry, a part of TDC provides food assistance to those in need year round. It serves are 400 families, representing 800 individuals, with 15,000 pounds of food each month.
The REdress Clothing Boutique provides gently used or new clothing items to individuals and families. Currently, TDC serves 80 families or 200 individuals each month with 700 items of clothing or accessories.
The Life Changers Program provides ministry and fellowship to residents of area shelters and recovery houses. Currently, 40 individuals twice a month are served. Each participant is encouraged to visit REdress for clothing. Toiletry items are also provided when supplies permit.
Outreach Alliance For Babies, Inc., provides clothing and other necessities to infants whose families are facing financial challenges. Recipients are parents of infants, newborn to twelve months of age, and must be a participant in a community agency that provides services for babies and parents.
Christian Counseling provides assistance in a variety of areas from pre-marital counseling, to addictions, to family issues. Services are provided through a partnership with Agape Faith Church Counseling Ministry."
- A Press Release