De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill, left, presents Larry Romine with a School Service Award during the school board’s Monday night meeting. Romine was honored for his years of supporting the district through various endeavors, including donating annually to a school scholarship foundation.
Local church puts the “giving” into Thanksgiving Day
Members of the Friendship Baptist Church in De Queen take a brief break to pose for a photo during an event they held on Thanksgiving Day to provide over 180 local families in need with a meal worthy of the holiday. This was the church’s second year to hold the meal giveaway.
By Patrick Massey
While many people were greeting visiting family members and taking the day off in preparation of their Thanksgiving meal, one local church and its members saw the holiday as a perfect opportunity to help out the less fortunate in the community.
For the second year in a row, Friendship Baptist Church in De Queen held an event to provide free Thanksgiving meals to area residents in need. Like last year, many church members got up way before daybreak to start cooking or finish preparations they started the night before. Many were baking and cooking away by 5 a.m. or even earlier to ensure everything was ready.
"It's just an amazing blessing to see everyone working together to get this done," said Misty Burke, who brought up the idea to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need during a church board meeting last year. Although Burke helped start the event, she said it could not have been done without the full assistance of her church and community.
"When I mentioned it the support I got was overwhelming, and I knew I would have all their help," she said. "Our church family really got behind this one and without all of their help none of this would be possible because it really takes all of us."
To read the complete article, please see the Dec. 5 edition of The De Queen Bee.