COPPERAS COVE — Like a descending army of angels, volunteers and members of Bethesda Fellowship Ministries converged on the area of Sunset Lane and Casa Drive to bring residents boxes filled with all the items necessary to cook a Christmas meal.
Sunset Lane residents Sandra Williams, 52, and Cole Walker, 20, said it was great to see so many people supporting their community, which can be a far cry from joyous at times.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Williams said. “We can hardly afford to live, so it’s a good thing that they provided food for Christmas.”
Williams, who is unemployed, recently gained four more mouths to feed when her pregnant niece moved into Williams’ apartment with three small boys, ages 2, 4 and 5.
She said this Christmas will be especially hard because they are not sure where the boys’ Christmas gifts will come from this year, or if there will be any at all.
Walker said the presence of the volunteers lit up the neighborhood.
“It’s cool,” Walker said. “It seems like everybody is out here doing something positive, and that’s what we need around here. There’s just too much negativity.”
Fraternity supports church’s efforts
Bethesda Fellowship Ministries has been delivering Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to its neighbors for six years with the help of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Omicron Pi Chapter of the Greater Fort Hood/Killeen area.
The fraternity, a major sponsor of the event, gave about $5,000 this year through its Holiday Uplift program. Omega Psi Phi hosts fundraisers throughout the year to provide funds for the holiday meal giveaway, such as selling tickets at the “Night of Sharing” event at the Killeen Mall.
“Serving the community is what we do,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Perry, of 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters, and vice president for Omega Psi Phi. “It’s what we were founded on. To whom much is given, much is required.”
125 meals provided
Thanks in part to generous donations, the church provided 125 Christmas meals.
“This year, we have doubled and exceeded our efforts,” Pastor R. Ray Gatewood said. “This is really the epitome of our Christian walk. During this holiday season, there are many people who just don’t have.”