Capitalizing on the socioeconomic demographic of its neighbors allows New Seasons Church in Spring Valley to constantly fulfill its mission to serve, while at the same time filling a huge need in the community.
That was never more true than Saturday, when the church's annual "Community Block Party" gave away turkeys and other food items, clothes, shoes, and more to thousands of people.
Lines of people stretched down Bancroft Drive more than a quarter of a mile. It was estimated by church officials that about 5,000 people came through.
There were so many in need, that they actually ran out of turkeys, and had to replace them with whole frozen chickens. Bags of potatoes, onions and other vegetables were also given away.
But the event was more about allowing people to have a better Thanksgiving. Dozens of health and wellness organizations were on hand giving free screenings, there were tables full of donated clothing, shoes and toys, and a hot lunch was served to all, some of whom were in desperate need of it.
Senior Pastor Dr. A.B. Vines said that people can come to the church "just to get loved on."
"People are hurting every year, every day," said Vines. "You don't need a category 5 story to be in need of help. Some people are facing a category 5 story every day."