Date(s) - 11/28/2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Willowecreek Middle School
One Portage will be hosting a Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving day at Willowcreek Middle School from 2-6pm. Volunteers must be registered. Volunteer registration will open on November 1st www.oneportage.com Donations will gladly be accepted at www.oneportage.com or can be mailed to P.O. Box 1252, Portage IN 46368. Please call 219-805-1659 to donate or volunteer. Contact them thru their facebook page at “Community Thanksgiving Dinner Portage.”
Helping those in need is a service a number of organizations focus on during the holiday season, but “One” community organization is beginning to make that a year-round effort.
“One Portage,” a non-profit group under the umbrella of Our Community, Inc., will host their annual free Thanksgiving Dinner this week at Willowcreek Middle School, but have taken steps in recent years to provide the needy in Portage with food during other times of the year as well.
“Our mission is to love people,” said Staci Pearman, a member and former deacon of Crossroads Family Church in Portage who runs “One Portage” and began the Thanksgiving Day tradition that last year saw 297 meals delivered and countless others given away during the Willowcreek dinner.
The Thanksgiving dinner began just at Crossroads church for the first two years, but then rose in popularity each year since 2011 when other area churches decided to take part in the charitable act.
The effort didn’t really have a name, until questions from the public on how they could help created the need for a website that would address those inquiries.
“We saw ‘One Portage’ was open so we named it that for a website, and it has taken off since,” Pearman said.