POSTED: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 6:10pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 6:14pm
TYLER — Every Tuesday and Thursday, needy East Texans can get a little help in the way of groceries from the Tyler Family Assistance center, part of First Baptist Church in Tyler.
But once a year, they give those in need a little extra to help out with their Thanksgiving meals.
"There is a member of our church, who every year pays for the hams. And then the actual bags of groceries come from all of our members. People take bags home with a list of things to put in them and then we bring them back to the church," said First Baptist Pastor Pike Wisner.
Wisner tells KETK the Tyler Family Assistance Center has been giving out Thanksgiving food for about 10 years. And people wait in line for hours on end even though they don't have to!
Wisner says simply having a ticket ensures you'll get the ham and groceries, but he says many just don't want to take the chance.
Wisner says as believers, it's about much more than just the food.
"We want this to go so much further. We'd like to have a relationship and we want you to know who Jesus Christ is, that he loves you, that he's died for you, and you can know him and you can have an eternity that's secure and that he is the provider of all needs," Wisner said.
East Texan Mack Johnson says he's been coming for the food every year.
"Well it's a lot of people out there that can't get around and take care of their business like everybody else and they need a little assistance," he said.
Johnson says he's got 17 grandkids to feed!
"They like Grandma and Grandpa's cooking," Johnson said.
Dinah Haggerty says she's very thankful for the help.
"I'm getting a blessing from it because me, I'm not working, I'm unemployed. This is a blessing for me and everyone else and I thank God for First Baptist Church for doing this," Haggerty said.