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By Bryan Marshall and Jamie Baker-Nantz

MacKenzie Tucker, a junior at Grant County High School, is thankful for the blessings she has in life. She realized that there are others who may not be as fortunate as she is.


Tucker, a member of the The Dry Ridge Baptist Church Youth Group, helped out with the church’s sixth year of

Building a Wall of Food for less fortunate families in the community.

The church started collecting items in October. Each week the congregation was asked to bring a specific item that would be used to fill a box and provide a meal including a turkey for a family to prepare.  The youth then packed and delivered the boxes.

“I learned that there are others out there worse off than myself and it is important to take time to help them and not be selfish,” Tucker said.

That was the lesson that the Dry Ridge Baptist Church youth leaders were hoping their kids, which range in age from 6 years old to the 12th grade would take away from the food drive.

‘It’s important for the youth to get a sense of their community and they’re used to getting, so it’s nice for them to give,” said Tamela Smallwood, who works with the youth at Dry Ridge Baptist.

Smallwood said even the younger children understand the importance of giving.

“I learned it is good to give to others,” said Karson Heaverin, a kindergarten student at Williamstown.

“I realized how anyone could help out other families no matter how young or old. Even bringing in a few small items each week helping so many families have a Thanksgiving meal, one that they might not have had,” said Jenna Martin, a seventh grade student at Grant County Middle School.

Dry Ridge Baptist joined other churches and organizations throughout the community who organized food drives.

Williamstown Baptist Church

Williamstown Baptist Church delivered 618 meals throughout Grant County for Thanksgiving.

This was the 14th year for the annual meal delivery that originated with former church members Ed and Karen Meece, who joined Williamstown Baptist in 1993.

The couple eventually moved with their two children, Landon and Edison, and gave their Hope Sunday School class a donation of $500 to be used to glorify God in some way.

From that donation, the Hope Class began the tradition of the Hope Thanksgiving Meal.

More than 100 church volunteers donated food, prepared meals and delivered them for the holiday.
Volunteers were hard at work the day before Thanksgiving preparing the meals at Williamstown Schools.

Williamstown Christian Church

Williamstown Christian Church, in conjunction with several area churches, participated in a county-wide food drive.

The churches involved included Williamstown United Methodist, Christ Community, Williamstown Baptist, Family Worship Center, Dry Ridge Presbyterian, Mt. Olivet Christian, Dry Ridge Christian and Williamstown Christian.

Bags were distributed to homes to be filled with canned goods and other non-perishable items by volunteers and picked up later in the week.

All items donated were given to Helping Hands.

Williamstown Christian also prepared and delivered about 150 meals to those in need on Nov. 20 for Thanksgiving.