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Local book author spreads word of community service
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Turlock author Christopher Scott holds up his first book “A Day of Hope,” in which he writes about community service and helping those in need.

Thanksgiving Day is one that most hungry people dread because it is a day of long lines in the cold to get a good Thanksgiving dinner. But Turlock book author Christopher Scott is hoping to change all of that with his new book, “A Day of Hope.”

His book features his project A Day of Hope, which he created to deliver food to the hungry on Thanksgiving Day instead of them waiting at a shelter for a good dinner.

“It is something that is needed for people that are hungry,” Scott said. “I want to keep the project going to teach others to do the same in their communities and spread the word.”

With his book he is hoping that others will use the project in their communities and he also outlines the necessary skills to develop similar projects.

Scott’s book delves into the techniques needed to successfully raise funds, recruit volunteers, and the leadership needed to develop a project like A Day of Hope. He also shares some success stories in his book about families that have benefited from the project.

He started the project about five years ago and has since fed over 1,081 families on Thanksgiving Day, he said. It was inspired by a book that Scott read, in which a man recalls people bringing him Thanksgiving dinner when he was 10 years old.

“So I thought it was something we should do here,” Scott said.

A Day of Hope is a club at California State University, Stanislaus in partnership with Enclave Community Church. Members gather names of those in need from local churches and United Samaritans. The group fundraises to purchase the food needed and they deliver baskets of food along with a turkey to those families the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Scott said he wrote the book “to inspire and teach others how to do this project.”

Scott will be having a book signing for his book Saturday at the Family Bible Center located at 5 East Main Street in Turlock. There will be a meet and greet with Scott at 1 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. talk about the book with questions and answers and book signings starting at 3 p.m.

Those interested in purchasing the book can buy them at the Family Bible Center or Amazon for about $15.

To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.