"We wanted to make sure everyone had the opportunity to have a true traditional Thanksgiving meal," founder DeAnn Powers said.
Helping Hands Ministries first opened their doors nearly two years ago. As a food and clothing bank drive, their mission is to help relieve the stress of figuring out what to eat and what to wear for families in Jones County.
Since opening, the ministry served 291 families, according to Powers. They can provide food every week and a bag of clothes once a month. Powers says they are slowly progressing to a stage where they can create an assembly of food and feed residents regulary.
With 13 volunteers, Powers hosted a Thanksgiving lunch Wednesday. She paid for the ham and potatoes out of her own pocket, but a lot of the desserts and door prizes were donated by friends and community members.
"We never know how the turnout will be opening a building like this," Powers said. "We just wanted to say thank you to all the people for allowing us to be a part of their lives."
The meal was served around 12:30 p.m. which began with a prayer and followed up with giveaways.
Powers hope to continue serving meals regulary in the future.