16th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner set for Nov. 22 at Pilgrim Baptist Church

| November 5, 2014
LeRoy and Sylvia Page

LeRoy and Sylvia Page

Special to Frost Illustrated

FORT WAYNE –Minister Servant LeRoy Page and a faithful core of volunteers have labored hard in the fields of humanity to bring joy to the needy and elderly—at least for a season.  And, with that Christ-centered legacy in mind, that faithful core, are scheduled to present the Sixteenth Annual Dinner of Thanksgiving from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 22, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1331 Gay St.

“It’s a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings,” explained Page, adding that’s not all the attendees receive.

“It also includes, available for their choosing their pick of slightly used clothing and free health screening, compliments of Parkview, and a host of professional nurses, and students from area healthcare facilities and institutions of higher learning.  Screenings include diabetes and blood pressure testing, cholesterol and other tests free to all attending the Thanksgiving dinner.  The dinner, clothing, and health screening are available to anyone who is in need and the elderly.  Everything is Free.”

Again, as in the last several years, Eta Upsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, will be participating in servicing the attendees by offering their time, service, donations, and information to help make this event a joy and delight to all attending.

For Page, such service to those in need and the elderly (because they are our elderly) is the core of the Christian life.  “The Thanksgiving dinner is a reminder to people to be aware of the social and economic circumstances surrounding them and to apply their faith in addressing such issues.  And, it is the right thing to do and it seems like it is more right every year.  You continue to read in the paper about people being laid off, factories closing, downsizing, and outsourcing, it seems like an attack specifically on the middle class.  If we can provide a moment, or during the season we can provide some joy in the life of someone who has been a victim of that, then we have blessed our brothers and sisters.  And when you bless others God is glorified.”

Meanwhile, Page said he is grateful that God has blessed him with the means to serve in such a manner and especially to those who do the work to make the dinner a reality.

“My wife, Sylvia and my family would like to personally thank the community, the volunteers, and all those that continue to financially support the effort,” he said.

Again, the ministry is set to honor a dedicated community worker.

Minister Page said this is the fourth year that the “Outstanding Servant of Christ Award” will be presented at the dinner to an individual/s for a lifetime of service to family and community in the giving and caring spirit of Eugene and Ola Mae Page—the late parents of Minister Page.

The 16th Annual Dinner of Thanksgiving is free and open to the public.

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