Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church to Give Food Baskets and Turkeys to More Than 2,000 Families at 'Christmas at the Ship' on Dec. 20, 2008

Dec 19, 2008, 20:55 ET from Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell, Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter Among Attending Guests; Remarks By Pastor Charles Jenkins

CHICAGO, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

    WHAT:   Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church will host "Christmas at the
            Ship," a 13-year-old community outreach event that will provide
            Christmas food baskets and turkeys to more than 2,000 families.
            The baskets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve
            basis on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008. Every child in a family will
            be given two toys to ensure a happy Christmas.

            "Christmas is about giving," says Fellowship Missionary Baptist
            Pastor Charles Jenkins. "The entire season is about sacrifice,
            sharing and supporting those in need:  Christmas at the Ship
            is a symbolic way to celebrate the season, and it's incumbent
            that we reach out to find the less fortunate and touch their
            lives, if only in a small way. The objective is to lift people
            up -- we want them to feel great even though they may be going
            through a tough time give the state of the economy."

            The baskets are designed to feed a family of four or five.
            Families can also expect "random acts of kindness," where
            five (5) $100 AMEX gift cards will be given away.

            Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church was founded in September
            1950 by Rev. Dr. Clay Evans. The church currently has more
            than 7,800.

    WHERE:  Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
            4543 S. Princeton Ave.
            Chicago

    WHEN:   Saturday, Dec. 20
            9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    HOW:    To receive a basket, families must present a valid form of
            identification

    SPONSORS
    -- The Private Bank & Bruce Hague
    -- Bank of America
    -- Beaman Incorporated
    -- Harris Chicago Community Bank
    -- Northern Trust Bank
    -- The Serafin Group & Gideon Searle
    -- The Lurie Foundation & Michael Kurzman
    -- Breck and Nancy Hanson
    -- Cary L. Neiman
    -- The Bill Bass Foundation & James D. Jacobson
    -- United Airline & Sonya Johnson
    -- Strack & Van Til
    -- AT&T- Paul LA Schiazza, President
    -- Charitable Gift Foundation
    -- The Rise Group
    -- Millennium Properties
    -- The Rise Group, L.L.C.
    -- System Parking & T. Phillips& Sons
    -- Allstate Ins. and Mark J. Curl, Agent
    -- Roger A. Pillsbury
    -- Arthur J. and Jacqueline Smith
    -- John B. and Dianne L. Schwartz, Attorney

SOURCE Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church