By Barney Blakeney
November 18, various churches and organizations in the Charleston area shared Thanksgiving with others through generous donations that included food, clothing and household supplies.
The C.A. Brown Alumni Association Saturday made donations of Thanksgiving baskets to needy families and to Ronald McDonald House. The association has been making the donations every other year since 2007.
Association President J.T. Washington said, “Today CABHAA fulfilled one of its core missions, community engagement. CABHAA gives back in honor of the village (C.A. Brown High and the east side of Charleston) that invested so much in the students at Brown. We are so proud of our connected experiences attending C.A. Brown and CABHAA is dedicated to preserving that rich legacy.”
With cooperation from Charleston County DSS Adult Protective Services, the members provided 10 baskets for vulnerable senior citizens in the community. CABHAA committee members delivered the baskets, complete with a turkey, ham, and all the fixins for a hearty Thanksgiving meal. Then the committee members presented supplies to the families and staff at the Ronald McDonald House.
Washington added, “Thank you to the best high school alumni association in South Carolina. A special ‘thank you’ to Progressive Chapter #310 Order of Eastern Star Prince Hall Affiliation for the State of South Carolina and Jurisdiction-Sharon Coakley, Worthy Matron, Odell Bennett, Worthy Patron; Kapstone Kraft, LLC; C.A. Brown High Class of 1980; the clerical staff at Stratford High School; and Joleitha Solomon’s friends and church family at Shiloh AME Church in downtown Charleston.”
The Missionary Department at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church located 95 Cooper St. in Charleston where Rev. Carlton J. McClam Sr. is pastor served about 200 meals and offered clothing to their guests as well. Grill master Ron Brown cooked 15 turkeys and five hams for the feast that included macaroni and cheese, string beans, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, pie and cake. It was the department’s ninth annual community Thanksgiving Feast.
Project Street Outreach Saturday held its fourth annual Pre-Thanksgiving event at The Bistro located 2025 Reynolds Ave. in North Charleston. Executive Director J. Denise Cromwell said the event that offered a full course Thanksgiving dinner and an array of resources to active duty service personnel and their families, veterans, the homeless community and others was a success. Some 300 meals were served. Guests also were offered clothing items.
The brothers of Sons of Elijah Masonic Lodge 457, James Island, where Derrick Lucas is the lodge’s Worshipful Master for the second annual year provided meals consisting of dry goods, produce and meats to 220 families Nov. 11. And the Kingdom of God Empowerment Church in North Charleston held its first Thanksgiving donation of food baskets Saturday. The church where Pastor David Mayo presides provided 30 food baskets to local families.