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LUM Focuses on Hope This Thanksgiving

Community Thanksgiving Feast – Restoring Hope

Thanksgiving at LUM is about restoring hope — and the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast makes it happen. The “feast” is just winding down at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Lafayette, IN, and it was a special event. For the first time since 2019 (pre-COVID), guests were able to eat their holiday meal together — restoring hope for all of us. In addition to the turkey dinner, there was live music featuring West Lafayette High School orchestra students, Blue Moon Rising, and Larry Guentert Jazz Duo.

The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast takes two months of planning, engages more than 200 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread/rolls, a variety of beverages, and slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade pies.

LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities. It was also special to have several local officials “breaking bread” with our guests, including Indiana State Representatives Sheila Klinker Chris Campbell, Mayor Tony Roswarski, and Lafayette City Council members, Kevin Klinker and Nancy Nargi. Additional information and acknowledgements include the following:

  • Food donations: Chick-fil-A, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Christian Church, Great Harvest Bread Company, Lafayette Brewing Co., Jane’s Gourmet Deli, La Scala, Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant, Phoenix Paramedics Solutions, Purdue Federal Credit Union, SmittyBread, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas Aquinas Center plus dozens of individuals.
  • Table decorations and placemats were created by the students enrolled at the LUM After School Program, Creekside Growers, St. Boniface Elementary, St. Mary Cathedral Elementary School, and West Lafayette Elementary School.
  • The Crew: Thanks to Josh Prokopy, who directed the event; Nina Morgan, who headed up the kitchen crew; Terri Anderson for working with the volunteers, Jackie Gracer for managing the dining room; and Wes Tillett for emceeing and hosting the event.

It was a joyous community event and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Please consider a donation to offset the expenses of this special LUM event. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

LUM Restoring Hope This Thanksgiving

A Time to be Grateful & Serve Those in Need

For LUM, Thanksgiving is more than football and eating too much. It is about being grateful for our blessings by restoring hope to our neighbors in need, especially during this difficult time.

This year LUM is hosting the 36th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast and the Turkey Trot 5K Run. Learn how you can participate, donate and volunteer at these meaningful Thanksgiving events and programs.

This Thanksgiving Day (November 24), start a new family tradition by participating in the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast, where more than 800 free meals will be served at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Lafayette.

Sign up to donate needed items such as food items, paper products, pies, cleaning supplies and more. Dozens of volunteers are needed at the event on Thanksgiving day.

You may also make a monetary donation which will be used where needed most. To learn how to get engaged and invest in the Community Thanksgiving Feast, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving.

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run is a fun & rewarding way start off your Thanksgiving day. Runners, walkers, families, dogs, strollers, costumes & turkey hats are welcome.

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 24
  • New Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • New Location: Connection Point Church, West Lafayette
  • Fees: $35 Adult; $10 Youth
  • Course: Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area
  • Volunteer: to sign up, click HERE

All Turkey Trot 5K Run proceeds directly support the programs and services offered by Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM Focuses on Community This Thanksgiving

A Time to be Grateful & Serve Those in Need

For close to 50 years, Lafayette Urban Ministry has focused on “tackling basic human needs & uplifting the people of Greater Lafayette,” especially during the holiday season and winter months. Thanksgiving is an iconic holiday known for turkey dinner, football, eating too much and being grateful for our blessings. To LUM, Thanksgiving is about showing love to our neighbors in need, especially during this difficult time. This Thanksgiving holiday, LUM is hosting the Community Thanksgiving Feast, opening the LUM Protein Food Pantry & Westside Food Pantry, and sponsoring the Turkey Trot 5K Run. Please see the details below.

LUM Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 25

LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast | Noon to 2 p.m.

For the 35th consecutive year, Lafayette Urban Ministry will host the Community Thanksgiving Feast from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette. LUM will prepare and distribute more than 800 meals including over 75 turkeys and 112 pies. The fixin’s will include yams, stuffing/dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce & gravy. Due to COVID-19, meals will be offered for take out. Limited seating will be provided for individuals with physical limitations. Everyone is welcome, no reservations are necessary, and it’s FREE. Cash and food donations are still being accepted. Donate online at LUMserve.org/donate. For more information, to volunteer or make a food donation, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving.

LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run | 8 a.m.

At sunrise on Thanksgiving morning, LUM will sponsor the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Area in West Lafayette. This is a professional timed run open to all levels of runners, joggers and walkers. It is a fun, family event. The registration fee is $35 for adults and $10 for youth, 13 years old and younger. All proceeds fund LUM programs, which directly benefit local families, children and individuals experiencing homelessness. The first 475 registered participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and the fastest runners will receive trophies. For more information and to register, go to turkeytrot5krun.org.

LUM Black Friday – Friday, November 26

LUM Food Pantries | 10 a.m. to Noon

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become the start of the holiday shopping frenzy, but LUM will focus on providing food assistance, especially at a time when food prices are higher than usual. To make sure that nutritious food and other household items are available to local families in need this Thanksgiving, the LUM Protein Food Pantry (located at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette) and the LUM Westside Food Pantry (located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette) will be open on Black Friday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition to the food items, paper products and produce, each food pantry will also have turkey and other Thanksgiving food items, while supplies last. If you wish to make a donation, donate food, sponsor a food drive or volunteer, go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry.

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