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For more than 20 years the College Avenue Presbyterian Church community has been hosting a annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal. Initially begun to build a deeper sense of community in our neighborhood and to respond to concrete needs, the meal continues year in and year out to work towards that consistent goal. Then Rockridge was emerging from the shadow of the neighborhood transformation caused by the building of Highway 24 and the BART Station. Today Rockridge is established as a vibrant community: a destination for shopping, foodies and families. The Judeo-Christian Bible lifts up a definition of community as one in which those who are the least among us: the widow, the orphan and the foreigner, are not only not forgotten, but also have their place. Our annual Community Thanksgiving Meal is a way in which we serve each other, investing our time and resources to care for others, from the urban poor who live here, to the homeless who live in Oakland, to the elderly who are often alone at the holidays.
This Thanksgiving, we are again hosting our annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd from 11am-1pm at 5951 College Avenue. The meal is a joint project with diverse members of our Rockridge Community, involving congregational members, local merchants and local residents. In our current economic and political climate, it is an opportunity for our to gather as a community to respond to the needs of those struggling with hunger, solitude and joblessness. The meal generally serves between 200-300 people with over 50 volunteers gathered in the shared desire to make this event possible. The meal is open and free for everyone. Donations of money and food are gratefully accepted. It’s because of such donations that the meal takes place. You can also give of your time. Help is needed beginning Monday, November 19th through Wednesday the 21st to prepare, set-up and decorate the church gym for the meal. Significant help is needed the day of the event to set-up, cook, serve and also clean-up. The latter requires the most work and often is the one the least amount of people want to do! To volunteer sign up online at Thanksgiving section on the church website at www.capcoakland.wordpress.com or contact the church office at (510) 658-3665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some highlights from last year’s event.