This time of year, you will see plenty of philanthropy. Last Saturday was an impeccable example; two volunteer-based groups came together to ensure neither town in Union County would go hungry.

That morning, the College Corner Food Pantry (CCFP) handed out bags of food at the Junction. Later that evening, the Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church (EMU) partnered with the Sisters In Christ to provide carry-out Thanksgiving dinners to people in Liberty.

The CCFP was open from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., handing out more things than just Thanksgiving food. Each month, they distribute bags with all kinds of food products across the board in hopes to help needy families in tough times; they also include several household items - but those items were held back this month in order to give more Thanksgiving-themed products. However, in the essence of the holidays, they handed out green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and a bag of potatoes to do homemade mash. Also inside the takehome bag was a Kroger gift card, so a family could go to the grocery and pick out their own turkey or ham.

"We stuffed everything we could into the bag we could for a Thanksgiving meal, except for the meat; that was what the gift card was for. Then we gave out some food and items to help with the rest of the month," CCFP director Kathy Mull said. "We never have enough food for the whole month, but we hope we are making a dent, especially with how high food prices are getting right now."

The CCFP generally operates on the last Saturday of the month, but they have moved up their donations to the Saturday before to help families for the holiday. The next food pantry donation will come the Saturday before Christmas. The handout for Christmas will go the same way as Thanksgiving. The CCFP will giveaway their bags at the back door of The Junction from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

This organization is completely volunteer-based and operates from donations given by local churches, along with state and federal grants secured by Mull. "If people feel inclined to donate, all they have to do is reach out," she said. Kathy added to reach out in College Corner Talk Facebook group or send her a private message.

Congregation members of EMU met at 10 a.m. to start preparing food for the event. Hoping to inspire Thanksgiving spirit with their meal, just the thought will make anyone hungry: slices of turkey breast, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, dinner roll and pie to top it off. Together with the Sisters in Christ, they donated 272 takeout dinners.

The process was simple. A large portion of volunteers worked inside to prepare and quickly box food. Next, runners (mostly child volunteers) would bring the bags of food to Pastor Ben Dilworth and Sister In Christ member Emily Baldwin, who stood outside and handed out meals to those driving through the church parking lot. "Every single person who stopped was so kind and so appreciative, and that is always my favorite part. Seeing the joy of giving is truly a gift from God and why I love what we're doing!" Baldwin described.