By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
WESTVILLE, N.J. — Victory in Christ Christian Center and Bethlehem Baptist Church of Woodbury served 700 people with dry food, turkey, and produce for the Thanksgiving holiday. Jasmine Moore and Pastor Glenn Deshields were leading the charge. Moore is the executive director of the nonprofit called The Victory Group and Deshields is the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, ultimately serving South Jersey in excellence.
“We’re all an extension of the body of Christ,” said Deshields. “It’s a blessing to partner with Victory because they have the roadmap for success, so it’s always great to collaborate with a church who knows what they’re doing It makes serving so much better.”
Parrish Gould from Pipco Transportation had a truck from his company full of onions, sweet potatoes, and cabbage all ready to be distributed to the families that were at the drive thru. All the food for the community was free and there was no registration required. Victory volunteers walk up to drivers’ windows to see exactly what each family needed and told them to unlock doors or pop open trunks to receive the food.
Richard Bailey, along with Noah Waters, were among the volunteers in the parking lot directing traffic, and their sacrifice to get up and stay outside since 7:00 a.m. was a testament to how much the volunteers love to serve the community.
“This is where we get to feed the multitudes,” said Bailey. “God fed the 5,000 to 4,000 plus the women and children, so I’m here to help do that today.”
Over 4,000 people were fed as a result of both Victory in Christ Christian Center and Bethlehem Baptist Church of Woodbury efforts, exceeding their original goal. Thankfully a lot of people in South Jersey will not be hungry come Thanksgiving Day, and it’s definitely What’s Good in South Jersey!
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