Iowa Atheists Team up with Local Church to Help Hungry Families on Thanksgiving

When the Upstate Atheists in South Carolina wanted to volunteer at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen this past spring, they were told that atheists weren’t welcome.

When the Kansas City Atheist Coalition wanted to deliver meals to the hungry, the Kansas City Rescue Mission rejected their generosity.

When the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers wanted to help families in need this Thanksgiving (brace yourself)… the Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church welcomed them with open arms.

The Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers group is collecting money to fund Thanksgiving Day meals for five Des Moines-area families in need from Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church.

“The point of this cause is to reach out to families in need, regardless of their religion.” Christopher James of Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers said in a news release. “Both parties put their beliefs aside for the greater good to help these families in need for Thanksgiving. It’s coexisting for a moment and working together to help our community.”

Volunteers from both groups will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, 1338 Ninth St., and will deliver meals catered by Dahl’s to the families.

The atheists raised $761 for the families will deliver the food along with gift cards to the needy families on Thursday, alongside one of the church’s deacons and his wife.

Glad to see this partnership work out after those disappointing ones in other states.

***Update***: I spoke too soon. I’m told that after seeing this item in the newspaper, the church deacon and his wife decided not to accompany the atheists as they delivered the meals and gift cards. I’m not sure why, other than they didn’t want people to know they were fraternizing with atheists…

(Image via the Des Moines Register)

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