Celebrating the Spring Holidays

Youth Share Thanksgiving Meals (UMTV)

Youth Share Thanksgiving Meals (UMTV)

Walter Nishinaka: “Hi. Happy Thanksgiving.
We have a turkey dinner for you.” Jim Kurita: “I wouldn’t have any Thanksgiving
if it weren’t for these fellas with the church. We just appreciate what they’re doing for
us.” Darryl Ramos-Young: “Today is the day before
Thanksgiving and it’s our Turkey Lock-In.” Walter Nishinaka: “The Turkey Lock-In is a
sleepover that we have for the youth in our church. What we do is assemble the turkey
dinners for people who don’t have families.” April Nishinaka: “We start the night before Thanksgiving. We prepare the turkeys, the stuffing…” “…the side stuff, so like,
the gravy, the cranberry.” “…and pumpkin squares.” Darryl Ramos-Young: “It’s a full, traditional
Thanksgiving meal with the turkey and all the fixings.” April Nishinaka: “And then, in like the morning, we finish preparing the food. And then package it.” Marissa Vensel: “We load up carts with the
boxes of food and we walk them over to the shut-ins.” Darryl Ramos-Young: “They walk together, pushing
their carts along the sidewalks and helping each other through the streets of Little Tokyo.
One of the facilities is Tokyo Towers…” Volunteer: “She wants to take a picture of
you guys!” Darryl Ramos-Young: “…a senior, subsidized
residential facility.” Caitlin O’Brien: “So a lot of the people we
drop the food off to don’t speak English. But we still get the message that they’re
thankful.” “Sayonara.” Darryl Ramos-Young: “The second facility is
a low-income housing facility.” Staff person: “Thank you.” Walter Nishinaka: “That’s why these lock-ins,
they’re really successful because we can work together. If we couldn’t work together these
things wouldn’t be possible.” Walter Nishinaka: “Give me that one and Jess, you can follow me for that one.” The Rev. KarenFay Ramos-Young: “All of the youth know that part of their faith journey is serving others. They have to roll up their sleeves and know that’s part of praising God.” Jim Kurita: “Thank you very much.” Walter Nishinaka: “Happy Thanksgiving.” Scott Nishinaka: “One of the things I was
taught, at least in this church, was that everybody is family. And being able to reach
out to people who may not necessarily have family can certainly feel it through us.” Marissa Vensel: “Getting a chance to be with
the entire youth group for one day out of the year where we can help people but also
bond.” Walter Nishinaka: “My sister showed me what
to do, you know when it was my first lock-in and it was their last lock-in. That’s our
job as the older generation for this new generation of youth member is to show them. ‘this is
how it’s done.'” Darryl Ramos-Young: “Many families have their
own traditions every year. Whether it’s traveling to Grandma’s house or being in charge of a
certain dish… Darryl Ramos-Young: “…Our church family
has its own tradition and that’s the turkey lock-in.”

Reader Comments

  1. The Seneca UMC does this every Thanksgiving for the people in the community who want to go and join them for the dinner.it's such a blessing to the community. A awesome mission for them and that is in Seneca, Kansas

  2. I'd like to be able to share this on my Pinterest board, but it says that there are no valid images. Maybe you can fix that. Thank you very  much

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