Volunteers make lunches for people working on Thanksgiving

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Volunteers at GracePoint Church are on a mission to make sure those stuck working today still get a Thanksgiving meal. It’s called “Operation Turkey Sandwich.”

Thursday morning, the church turned into an assembly line of volunteers, packing brown paper bags with water, chips, stuffing, dessert, and of course, a turkey sandwich.

Each bag also included a sticker with a special message that read, ” It sucks that you have to work on Thanksgiving. This lunch brought to you by GracePoint Church.”

Volunteers said they’re happy to use their day off to provide a meal for those who have to work.

“It’s just really rewarding,” said Lori Ehrlich. “We just want to help people and make them happy.”

Volunteers packed around 1,500 lunches and delivered them to Wichita businesses open on Thanksgiving.

“Anybody that we can find working, we’re going to make sure they get a lunch,” said Terry Johnson, GracePoint Church’s executive pastor.

A group of volunteers stopped at a mechanic shop, where the lunches were an unexpected surprise.

“Thanks God for the new day, for the new people, you know, I really appreciate this present,” said one worker.

Volunteers said this was the best possible way to spend their Thanksgiving morning.