FriendsGiving was created to connect with people in our community who battle loneliness and hopelessness during the Thanksgiving holiday. We started in 2014 in the seating area of Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings coffee shop and fed and connected with more than 200 people. Over the years, we connected with more than 1,000 people in the Auburn area, offering food and friendship.

In 2020, during the COVID pandemic, we saw an opportunity to extend this event into other communities in the county as a carryout meal. We partnered with organizations in Butler, Waterloo, Ashley, and Garrett and were able to connect with more than 900 people! This year, we have added a combined site for St. Joe and Spencerville, and all our locations will be hosting in-person sit down meals! We have also added a countywide door to door delivery and visitation option for our friends who are shut-ins, or otherwise unable to leave their home. We are expecting to connect with more than 2,000 people this year!