Volunteers from the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Churchs St. Vincent de Paul Society prepared bags of groceries to assist 60 families in Medina with food for the holiday week.
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Members of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church’s St. Vincent de Paul Society worked over the weekend to fill bags of groceries to assist 60 Medina-area families with Thanksgiving dinner.
The church said the Rev. Tony Sejba, pastor of the parish, blessed the food and those who prepared the packages as well as the families receiving the goods.
Volunteers delivered bags to 31 families and another 29 families picked up their groceries at the church.
Food largely was provided by the 3,200 members of the church, who contributed almost 350 bags of sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy, canned vegetables and more.
Bags were supplemented with frozen turkeys, milk and fresh produce through financial contributions, including money raised by the Meadows Turkey Bowl, a charity football game played on Thanksgiving Day each year.
The annual backyard football game began 27 years ago by brothers Mike and Bill Meadows and now involves more than 40 players.
Since its inception, the game has raised $1.04 million for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and other charitable causes.
The Meadows Turkey Bowl will be played at 8 a.m. Thursday in Mike Meadows’ backyard at 3075 Hood Road, Medina Township.