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"We're called to serve": Huntsville church and ministry gives away 325 dinner boxes

Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and Daughter of Zion Ministries, Inc. gives away more than 300 free food boxes ahead of Thanksgiving Day.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — More than three hundred families in Huntsville will now have dinner on the table this Thanksgiving all thanks to one local church.

Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church teamed up with Daughter of Zion Ministries, Inc. to give away 325 free food boxes.

Each box included a frozen turkey, green beans, corn, dressing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cake boxes, and Kool-Aid packages.

Leaders say it's their calling to give back during a time when people need it most.

"The feeling is indescribable, because as a church and a ministry, that's what we're called to do. We're called to serve people to help meet the need and that way we can edify people, and glorify God through serving those who are in need," says Daughter of Zion Ministries Inc., Founder & President, Toni Savage.

Savage says her organization was able to distribute food because of a COVID-19 relief grant from Governor Kay Ivey. 

The church will also hand out free groceries this Wednesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 315 Winchester Road.

It'll be first come, first serve.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a plethora of information on how to protect yourself and other from the coronavirus.  

The virus can easily spread from person to person, so the CDC recommends you stay at least 6-feet apart from people not in your household. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breaths or talks, according to the CDC. Because of this, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth facemask when around others and in public. 

Additionally, the CDC recommends that you frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

Symptoms to look out for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the CDC. 

If you suspect you have the coronavirus, you should seek out testing and self-quarantine. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the Alabama Department of Public Health.