Texoma church gearing up for annual "Turkey Day"

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Thanksgiving is less than a month away and Evangel Temple in Wichita Falls is making sure everyone in the community has a chance to put a turkey on their table.

The church is preparing for their annual "Turkey Day" give away that started more than 15 years ago, when Pastor, Kile Bateman saw a way to help.

"We saw families in need during the holidays," said Bateman.

That's when he and his wife, Pastor Patti Bateman got the idea that once a year, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the church would hold "Turkey Day" when the church would give out turkeys to the people in the community.

"The first year we did 500 turkeys and it's just been a miracle every year since," said Bateman.

The church starts buying the turkeys in October and stores them at the church.

In 2016, they gave out more than 300 Thanksgiving traditions. This 17-year-old ministry has brought thousands of turkeys to the Texoma community.

"My favorite part is seeing the smiling faces," said Bateman.  "It's a blessing to be able to see their eyes to see the children say we're going to have a meal together."

Pastor Kile and Patty couldn't do it without help from sponsors.

"Sometimes, we have kids that bring us change that they've saved up over the year because they want to buy one turkey," said Bateman.

Bateman says he isn't doing this for the recognition.

The church does this because they love people.

"It's just amazing to look through God's eyes and to see life and to see hope and to impart that hope and to see the joy that brings," said Bateman.

Evangel Temple will celebrate "Turkey day" Sunday, November 19.

If you want to sponsor a turkey for "Turkey Day", contact the church building at 940) 691-5501

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