CINCINNATI — For the past three years, Mike Frimming and his family have been collecting items for the Crossroads Church Thanksgiving food drive. On Sunday, he dropped off the boxes to the Uptown Church location. 

What You Need To Know

  • Cincinnati-based Crossroads Church held its annual Thanksgiving food drive on Saturday and Sunday

  • Dozens dropped off boxes of food at the Uptown location on Sunday

  • Mike Frimming has been participating in the food drive for three years now

  • He says it's important, especially this year, to give back because of COVID-19

“My family and I are doing well during the pandemic, and we wanted to give something back to someone else,” said Frimming.
His family and friends have teamed up to help, including his daughter. 

“Her school gave us two boxes. Two of my sister-in-laws gave us boxes, so we had six boxes altogether,” he said.
Cincinnati-based Crossroads church has been collecting boxes of food and feeding families across Ohio and Kentucky for 23 years now. This year, they will feed more than 100,000 families thanks to community partners. Josh Wade is the community pastor at Crossroads Uptown.

“It’s an important thing every year and even more so this year in the midst of COVID-19,” said Wade. “There are so many more families in need in this point and time and we’re noticing that a lot more of our partners have more need than they’ve seen in the past. And it’s great opportunity for our community members to serve those around them and their neighbors.”

Wade says it feels great to give back and even better to know the impact they make on the families. 

“We hope that families can have an experience and have a meal together for Thanksgiving this year where they can have their families, their friends, their loved ones around the table and they can share gratitude and be thankful for the things they’ve had this year and things God has done for them even in the simple provision of a Thanksgiving meal,” he said.

And as for Frimming, he says he is hopeful that families in need are able to enjoy this blessing. 

“I just hope that it gives some other people a little bit of a happier Thanksgiving (and) a little bit of peace for a day to get through the pandemic, and a nice meal,” said Frimming.