Donations are needed.

First Christian Church, in partnership with many Stark County churches, schools and community groups, will prepare and deliver between 9,000-10,000 Thanksgiving meals this year. This is the 20th year for the holiday meal ministry.

Organizers said the need is greater than in the past. About 8,600 meals were delivered last year.

Donations are needed and appreciated. The three greatest needs are monetary donations, turkeys and pies. Turkeys (10-12 lbs) should be pre-cooked, but not carved. Food donations may be dropped off at the church, 6900 Market Ave. N., on Wednesday, Nov. 27 before 2 p.m. Checks for monetary donations can be made payable to First Christian Church.

Any size donations are appreciated. The complete list of needed items includes:

•Rolls (250 dozen)

•Butter pats (6 cases)

•Instant mashed potatoes (10 cases)

•Cranberries (8 cases)

•Corn (20 cases)

•Juice boxes


•3,000 forks/knives/spoons

•3,000 napkins

•3,000 carry-out containers

•Sandwich/sized bags (for cookies)

•Foil pans

Delivery drivers for Thanksgiving Day are also needed. There is no need to call ahead, just show up at the church at 9:30 a.m. Routes, each with 4-5 stops, will be distributed to volunteers. Routes are normally completed anytime from 11 a.m. – noon.

Additional questions may be directed to Diane Clements at or by calling the church at 330-456-2600.