This season is all about giving, and giving saturates the heart of Bethesda Fellowship Ministries at 1803 Pecan Cove Drive in Copperas Cove.

Monday Phase I of Operation Holiday Uplift, an effort to spread love throughout the community and provide nourishment to food insufficient families, was launched.

“Every year we come together to assist our fellow man during this sensitive time,” remarked Bishop R. Ray Gatewood. “We simply want to help and there is no requirement in return.”

The ministry has adopted areas such as Casa, Sunset, Horseshoe, and Copperas Cove Housing Authority to care for and bring the love of Jesus, according to officials.

“I’ve been here for a few years and I’m always grateful for the love Bethesda spreads throughout the community,” gasp Alexis Brown as she and her grandson accept their Thanksgiving box.

More than 300 turkeys and other goodies were boxed up and presented to the adopted areas.

Assisting the ministry with the venture were members of the National Honor Society members from Shoemaker High School, Ellison High School and Wheatley Alternative School.

Omega Psi Phi, Zeta Phi Beta; Phi Beta Sigma, Kappa Epsilon Phi and Kappa Lambda Chi also participated.

The Explorers from the Copperas Cove Police Department came out to direct traffic.

“This event brings the congregation so much joy each year,” said Takella Gatewood Reaves. “It’s so exciting to come together with so many caring people and spread the love of our Savior Jesus Christ. This is a crucial time for humanity and people are hungry for the word of God; even-more-so to see the word of God in action.”

We are to be like Jesus in our caring for our community, feeding and providing what’s needed, when its needed, officials said.

“This was a day of miracles. Jesus feed the multitude fish and bread over and beyond what was expected. Bethesda’s desire is to reach more each year. We must acknowledge our responsibility, our right to stand in as our brother’s keeper,” Gatewood said.

Phase II of OHU begins at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Call 254-547-3455 to volunteer.

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