Traditionally the Christ Church parishioners have a personal experience with making Thanksgiving & Christmas baskets for families in need. Given the year, we often help as many as 40 families during the holiday season. These are our neighbors in the Exeter area who would not have a holiday dinner and/or presents for their families and children without our support. Any interested household chooses a family’s plate and provides all the necessary ingredients, which includes an appropriately sized turkey for that family to make their dinner. A set of instructions goes along with the plate giving suggestions on what to include. 

In November, Thanksgiving plates are set up in the Parish Hall. Church members choose a plate and purchase enough items needed for Thanksgiving dinner. The food is put together in a basket or box so that the recipients will have all they need. Baskets are brought to the parish hall on the Saturday before Thanksgiving between 8-8:45 am. 

Volunteers are needed between 8:30-10:30 am to help sort and carry baskets for those families coming to pick them up.

Plates for Christmas Baskets and the Giving Tree are put up the Saturday before Thanksgiving, on the windows in the Parish Hall and the Giving Tree is set up near the fireplace with ornaments for each family.  

This year we are also looking for volunteers to help with drop off & distribution. Please email Carla Ranks at, if you are interested in helping with drop off & distribution.

This ministry helps so many children and families and our community is made brighter by the continued generosity is shown by members of Christ Church.

On Saturday, November 23, sixteen enthusiastic and friendly volunteers came to Christ Church to sort, label, carry in and carry out 39 beautiful prepared Thanksgivings baskets for our community members. Thirty-nine church members participated in this ministry and four volunteers delivered baskets for those unable to come to the church. Thank you to all the volunteers from Heronfield Academy, The Careers in Education students from the Seacoast School of Technology and to our church members who gave so generously of their time. With your support, this ministry will continue to grow and give back to our Exeter community. Special thanks to Carla Ranks for leading the effort this year.