WAXAHACHIE — Sharing the blessings of the season was the goal that members of Bethesda Lodge 168 had in mind when they helped supply Thanksgiving meals to families. Lodge members selected families to see if they could help to furnish the holiday meal.
“What we do is we randomly select families. We stop and ask them if they have prepared a meal or if they have gotten a meal for Thanksgiving. If they say no, that is our house. We don’t have a drawing or anything. We just ride through the community in our neighborhood around our lodge,” Lodge Member Alfred Mims Jr. said. “One of the things that we like to do with this lodge is to do community service. When kids go back to school, we go and volunteer on the first day of school. We donate school supplies to schools. We pick out a school or two and try to help support.”
Mims said as they met with families the members found a lot of gratefulness and surprise, which was then followed by smiles.
Fellow lodge member Eugene Kindred said the lodge, which is a part of Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas, helped six families this year in its fifth year of the program. Four of the families received a full Thanksgiving meal that contained a turkey, yams, green beans, corn, stuffing, and rolls. The remaining two families requested only turkeys.
“I have been in the situation myself where I needed help,” Kindred said. “It is just a great feeling to do that for somebody. I have been there.”
Mims shared Kindred’s feelings about the day and being able to lend a hand.
“I think that when God blesses us, it is our reasonability as Christians to bless others. This is one of the ways that we have chosen to give back. I don’t think that you are supposed to get something and hold it in your hand,” Mims said. “I think that when you see a need, then you there needs to be a response and that response is what you can do.”
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