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RCCG Jesus House makes sure 100 needy Lathrop families will have turkey
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Pastor Yinka Somotun of RCCG Jesus House Central Valley holds up a bag carrying coronavirus pandemic necessities such as face masks, hand sanitizers and wipes at Saturday's Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at Lathrop High.

The turkey day feast for some 100 needy families in the Lathrop area received a boost on Saturday.

They were the fortunate recipients of RCCG Jesus House Central Valley's annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway held in the Lathrop High parking lot.

According to LHS English teacher and advisor to the Interact Clubs Bernadette Ogbeide, this was the first time back to Lathrop in several years.

The church's Thanksgiving turkey giveaway events had been held in Manteca and Stockton in recent years.

"It was good to have an impact on our own community," said Ogbeide, who was credited the Lathrop Sunrise Rotary Club for being a key player in this year's event.

LHS Principal Greg Leland is a member of the local Rotary Club.

He and members of the local service organization helped out with referrals and distributions of the turkeys and other goods.

Families also received Thanksgiving grocery along with COVID-190 pandemic necessities such as hand sanitizers, face masks, and alcohol wipes.

"We asked Rotary to assist with finding families that would benefit," Ogbeide added.

Pastor Yinka Somotun of RCCG Jesus House urged his church goers to help donate to the Thanksgiving giveaway event by donating their time and resources.

The outpouring by the church during these unprecedented times was overwhelming enough to accommodate 150 families with turkeys.

While 100 went out locally over the weekend, Ogbeide indicated that the remaining 50 will be split evenly to feed those in the Haven of Peace — that's the emergency homeless shelter in French Camp for women and their children — and the St. Mary's Interfaith Ministry in Stockton during Thanksgiving on Thursday.