Giving the Family Experience

Bethel Church brings the family experience to Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted: Nov 24, 2017 3:22 PM
Updated: Nov 24, 2017 3:29 PM

Redding, Calif -- When people think of Thanksgiving, they get dreams of roasted turkeys, mountains of mashed potatoes and a room filled with family and laughter.

But to some this isn’t a reality.


That’s where a 22-year-old man named Chris Overstreet came to help. 

 “I thought to myself what can I do to help, and I had a dream and through that dream I was compelled through the Lord Jesus to be able to take as many people as I can off the street and feed them that Thanksgiving," said Overstreet

With some help and hard work, 105 people were fed in Thanksgiving of 2002.

Now fast forward 15-years, and his dream has become a holiday reality and tradition to many.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I think that we would be serving hundreds and hundreds of people like we are today,” said Overstreet.

Over the years leaders say they have added a DJ, clothes donations and face painting to make this more than an ordinary dinner ,but a place where people can feel they are surrounded by family.

"The fun the party just celebrating the value of family together," said Nathan Muller of Bethel Church. 

For Kathleen Gibb, this was the family setting she needed. She said, "Not in the greatest spirits this morning but after doing the Macarena and everything I actually feel happy."

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