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You're Not Left Out Or Excluded This Holiday

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Resources for those in need of a place to go or food for their families for the holidays.

Everyone's talking about the holidays: what they're going to eat and who they're going to invite over for thanksgiving. Well not so fast! Let's not leave out those who also want a hot meal and a slice of pumpkin pie. For those who don't have plans for the holidays, you are not excluded nor forgotten. There are plenty of soup kitchens and organizations that you and/or your family can go to for a hot meal or food to prepare your own. Here are some emergency food programs who will be serving the community on Thanksgiving and Christmas:

For more resources, go to the Homeless Shelter Directory.

This Thanksgiving, Mel Trotter Ministries will be feeding 2,000 individuals and familes. In fact they will be partnering with Wood Radio and Celebration Cinema this year for their annual Turkey Drop event, in which they will be collecting donated foods including frozen turkeys to prepare holiday meal boxes. Those meal boxes will be distributed to both individuals and families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Turkey Drop will take place on Wednesday, November 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drop off locations include Celebration Cinema North & South, any Mel Trotter retail store, and Goodwill Industries in Belding, MI. Also if you would like to recieve a meal box for your family this Thanksgiving or Christmas, contact MelTrotter Ministries Mission located downtown at 200 Division Ave N,Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or visit their website at

225 Commerce Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
225 Commerce Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
225 Commerce Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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