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Thanksgiving Recap 2020


750 Meals – 75 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

Despite COVID-19, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast persisted and was a success. Many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. It is for this reason that LUM decided to re-imagine the event and make it curbside with meals packaged to go. Rather than open our doors and welcome our neighbors for a community event, LUM volunteers and staff greeted our guests outside and provided as many meals as they needed.

More than 750 meals were distributed — including 75 turkeys and 112 pies. Community Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to made it happen.

The to-go meal was a delicious Thanksgiving feast, which included roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk and a homemade piece of pie. Even though it was a curbside event it still it brought together the entire community. Thanks to Jess Avila, who directed the event; and Phil Butera, who headed up the kitchen crew.

LUM is especially grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities as well as Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker for mingling with our guests. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

One Week to Help LUM Thanksgiving Events


LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

On Thanksgiving day, Lafayette Urban Ministry will host the Community Thanksgiving Feast at noon at Central Presbyterian Church. At the first LUM Thanksgiving event 34 years ago, 75 people attended. This year, LUM will distribute more than 800 meals including over 75 turkeys and 112 pies. The fixin’s will include stuffing (dressing), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce & gravy. Everyone is welcome, no reservations are necessary, and it’s FREE.

Due to COVID-19, the meal will be the same but everything else will be different. Here are some of the modifications for 2020:

  • To-Go meals only, distributed curbside with no contact
  • Guests must not attend if sick, must line up outside on markers, six feet apart with a mask on, and must allow their temperature to be checked and recorded and sign a waiver
  • Volunteers will be limited to the minimal number needed, must be at least 18 years old, will be screened and must follow strict health & safety protocols

Won’t you consider a donation to support this important holiday tradition? 

Cash and food donations are still being accepted. Donate online at lumserve.org. For more information, go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving.


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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Turkey Trot 5K Run – Live & Virtual


Turkey Trot 5K Run – THIS Thursday

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a Thanksgiving morning run that directly supports LUM including youth programs, the food pantry, assistance programs and the homeless shelter. Despite COVID-19, LUM is still holding the 2020 Turkey Trot 5K Run, under a plan approved by the Tippecanoe County Health Department.

The Live Race will be limited to 250 Live Runners with different starting times (7:40, 8, 8:20, 8:40, and 9 a.m.). All runners will socially distance and wear face masks. There will be no on-site registration, packets must be picked up in advance, and runners will arrive only 15 minutes before their start time. 

LUM is also offering a Virtual Race utilizing an App which automatically records race times and allows runners to post photos. 

The Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Morning
  • Registration Fee:
  • Live Race: $50 per person (includes TT5K T-shirt & timing chip)
  • Virtual Runners: $25 Adult, $10 Youth (includes TT5K T-shirt)
  • Location: the Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Area – staging in parking lot behind Christina & Company, Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Community Thanksgiving Feast – Event Sponsors


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Special Thanks to the Community Thanksgiving Feast Event Sponsors.

Please visit them soon — and say “Thanks.”


If you’re interested in becoming a 2020 Community Thanksgiving Feast event sponsor, please call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org). See sponsorship levels below.


Gold Level – $1,000


Silver Level – $500 – $999

   

Lafayette Auto Supply


Bronze Level – $250 – $499


Friends Level – $100 – $249

  • 40 & 8 Chateau Voiture 364
  • Family Eye Care
  • Indiana Neurology Specialty Care
  • Reed Environmental
  • Simon Construction

Gifts In Kind – Food & Supplies Donations

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Elston Presbyterian Church
  • First Christian Church
  • Hammer Donuts
  • KFC
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Lafayette Brewing Co.
  • Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant
  • Pay Less Super Market (West Lafayette)
  • Purdue Federal Credit Union
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • 6th Street Dive

Wish to be a Community Thanksgiving Feast Event Sponsor?
For more information, please call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Thanksgiving Day 5K Run – Great Cause


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Thanksgiving Feast – NEEDS You!


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Meet Jess – New LUM Thanksgiving Director


Jess Avila – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast

Jess Avila is the new director for the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast. She is responsible for all aspects of the annual celebration where more than 800 free meals will be distributed on Thanksgiving (11/26) at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette.

Jess is originally from Liberty, New York, and moved to West Lafayette with her family. She graduated from Harrison High School, served in the US Army Reserves for four years, earned an associates degree from Ivy Tech Community College in Child Development, and a BA in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Pre-Law from Purdue University. She still lives in West Lafayette and is engaged to be married to Phil in 2021. They have 15 nieces and nephews and three cats (Tucker, Bentley & Panther). Jess is a personal trainer, youth exercise specialist & nutrition coach with a local fitness center; and head girls basketball and track & field coach at Klondike Middle School. With LUM, Jess & Phil have volunteered for more than six years including the Community Thanksgiving Feast (pictured).

Jess shares that,

I am most happy when I am helping others 
— both people and animals.” 

She finds inspiration in “young people who give us this bright light and hope for a better future.” She has great empathy for families struggling with poverty and food insecurity. Jess shared that,

My mom did her best but needed help and sometimes we were left feeling worthless, hopeless, sad, scared and confused because we needed that help.

Jess admires LUM, sharing that,

I see all of the LUM staff members working to serve while ‘restoring dignity,’ as stated in the mission statement.

Jess enjoys nature (kayaking, hiking, running, biking, and feeding wild animals), cooking, reading, watching movies, comedy, activism and social justice, being a Purdue & New York Jets fan, watching and playing sports, hanging out at home with Phil, and ranch dressing.

LUM is fortunate to have Jess Avila join the LUM staff.


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Two LUM Thanksgiving Day Events NEED You!


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


Make a Donation Button
Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

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PORT of HOPE – LUM Immigration Clinic Fundraising Events

Port of Hope offers three fun experiences this year.

  • PoH Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). Grab your friends and/or family and enjoy a socially distanced outdoor escapade learning how our community has been enriched by immigrants over the years.
  • Port of Hope Virtual Experience (Thursday, November 5). The Virtual Experience is an opportunity to sit back at home and enjoy music and interviews while learning about the Immigration Clinic and its impact on our community.
  • Who’s That Masked Donor? (now through Thursday, November 5). It’s a social media campaign & fundraiser.

Event Info | Scavenger Hunt | Virtual Experience | Donate $ | Sponsor


COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING FEAST – Thursday, November 26

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals.

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Lots of food and supplies are needed too — donate food or make a cash donation to make this special community event possible. Online sign ups are open NOW.

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor


TURKEY TROT 5K RUN – Thursday, November 26

Participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • The Live Runners will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners will be able to run on Thanksgiving or at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy.

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor


JUBILEE CHRISTMAS – Saturday, December 12

Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and receive gifts for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a food gift card to make Christmas dinner special too.

This year due to COVID-19, all Jubilee Christmas events will be curb-side or walk-through programs, and all registration forms are being submitted online.

Event Info | Donate $ | Volunteer Donate Items

Turkey Trot 5K – Social Contract


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Turkey Trot 5K Run
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Lafayette, Indiana


As a participant in the Turkey Trot 5K Run on Thursday, November 26, 2020, I verify that I have read, understand, and accept the terms of this Social Contract. In registering for the Turkey Trot 5K Run, I agree to adhere to all of the following conditions in order to protect myself, my fellow runners, and any staff or volunteers associated with the event; and my submission of the Turkey Trot 5K Run registration form shall act as my legal signature. I promise to:

  • Wear a mask when arriving on site and keep it on until I cross the
    starting line. Put my mask back on after crossing the finish line.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6ft from anyone not in my
    family group at the starting line and finish line and while anywhere
    in the staging area.
  • Social distancing X’s will be taped on the ground in front of
    the start line. All runners must use them.
  • Pick up my race packet, bib, and t-shirt IN ADVANCE.
    There will be NO on-site packet pick-up.
  • Not attend the race if I am exhibiting any COVID-like or other
    illness type symptoms, including but not limited to: fever, cough,
    loss of taste or smell, sneezing, sore/scratchy throat.
  • Not arrive at the staging area more than 15 minutes prior to
    my scheduled start time.
  • Leave as soon as I am able after finishing the race. Please
    do not cross through the staging area, or interfere with runners just
    starting their race.

I have read the above Social Contract, and by submitting the Turkey Trot 5K Run registration form I understand and agree with all of the terms of the contract.