Ellis & Bradley Turkey Fry for Miracle Hill Ministries Raises $100k, Feeds 2500

Volunteers work the cooling station at the 12th Annual Ellis & Bradley Turkey Fry for Miracle Hill Ministries

SPARTANBURG, SC (December 10, 2018) - The Ellis & Bradley Turkey Fry for Miracle Hill Ministries held on November 20, 2018 brought Upstate hearts and hands together to fry and smoke 559 turkeys, feed 2500 people and raise more than $100,000.

"Year after year, this event continues to show how generous folks in our community are and how important it is for us to come together to help those in need. It's a highlight of my year," said Bill Ellis, WSSL 100 morning show radio host.

Over 300 volunteers converged at Miracle Hill's Spartanburg Rescue Mission just two days before Thanksgiving with one mission: prepare a Thanksgiving feast for the guests in Miracle Hill's nine Upstate shelters along with impoverished families in low-income neighborhoods in Spartanburg.

"We were able to serve 150 people at the Archibald Rutledge housing community in Spartanburg, and they loved it!" said Valerie Forsberg, Director of The Bridge, (an outreach of First Baptist Spartanburg) whose mission is to connect the residents of the Northside with resources that are crucial to improving their lives, in areas like education, finance, employment and nutrition. The Bridge received an additional 35 whole, frozen turkeys from Miracle Hill to give to the residents of Victoria Gardens Apartments and low- income residents who are in hospice care.

Miracle Hill is grateful to the many sponsors who contributed to make the Turkey Fry possible including Ingles, Amerigas, Ashby Blakely Funeral Home, Ms. Ruth R. Daniels, Swift Charities, Larkin’s, Blue Ridge Foods, and many more. Additionally, individuals and families across the Upstate donated food and supplies needed to prepare the feast as well as financial contributions to help Miracle Hill carry out its mission. Funds raised will be used to feed and care for the homeless during the holiday season and beyond.

"The impact of this event and the awareness it brings cannot be underestimated," said Reid Lehman, Miracle Hill President/CEO. "Our doors are open 365 days a year serving some of the most vulnerable people in our community who are hoping to get a fresh start and re-integrate into society."

Video Highlights of the 2018 Turkey Fry: https://youtu.be/e0NBEtqtTdQ

About Miracle Hill Ministries
Miracle Hill Ministries is the Upstate’s largest, most comprehensive provider of services to homeless children and adults. Serving the Upstate since 1937, Miracle Hill’s programs include rescue shelters for the homeless, residential addiction recovery, transitional housing, shelters for children, and foster care. Miracle Hill’s eight thrift stores provide employment opportunities for the community as well as Miracle Hill guests transitioning out of programs. Miracle Hill has been recognized as a Certified Mission and has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by City Gate Network, a distinction given to fewer than 30 missions nationwide. Additionally, Miracle Hill’s foster care program and group homes for children have been accredited by CARF International. For more information about Miracle Hill, please visit www.MiracleHill.org or call 864.268.4357. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.