Portsmouth church, sheriff’s office deliver Thanksgiving meals to elderly

Volunteers work to deliver meals to elderly residents and shut-ins in Portsmouth on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. WAVY Photo/Stephanie Harris.

PORTSMOUTH, Va (WAVY) —  A lot of wonderful organizations open their doors to the needy on Thanksgiving, but one in Portsmouth is going the extra mile, doing something most others aren’t.

Fourth Baptist Church teamed up with the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office to deliver 700 meals to shut-ins and the elderly.

The labor of love began with planning weeks ago, cooking for started Monday and Thursday was delivery day.

The church has been doing it every Thanksgiving for 17 years — and has teamed up with the sheriff’s office for the past 10 years.

Pastor Charles Beamon told 10 On Your Side, “Most of our recipients of the food are seniors. A lot of their children are grown and gone. They’re home alone and they don’t prepare the meals for themselves.”

Deputies personally present the food to these people at their homes.

“That’s who took care of us when we were kids, now its time for us to take care of them,” said Sheriff Bill Watson.

Sometimes the recipients are so happy they cry.

“That’s what it’s all about putting that smile on their face and seeing the joy that it brings to their heart, ” Beamon said.

This why the church and sheriff’s office have decided they will do this all again on Christmas Day.