A Thanksgiving dinner made by the creative hands of young children will soon be on its way to a family in need.

Children in the Reading Orienteering Club at St. John's United Methodist Church, sat down to make sweet potatoes, cookies and bread Monday. The confections, along with turkey, pies and other dishes, will be delivered to a family in the area that is in need of assistance this holiday season.

“This is a tradition we've done for as long as the program has been here,” said Elaine Clanton Harpine, director of Camp Sharigan. “The Thanksgiving basket is for a family with six kids.”

The goal of the Reading Orienteering Club, which meets twice a week, is to help children discover that reading is fun while working on remedial reading skills.

“We find cooking can be a good exercise because there is a lot of reading and following directions,” Harpine said.

The children worked on mashing sweet potatoes and adding cream, butter and brown sugar. They also rolled out dough and cut out cookies using a turkey cookie cutter, and made bread “faces” with raisins for eyes and cherries for the mouths.

Emily Bohman's favorite was the bread faces.

“'Cause the cookies, they stuck, and you had to use a lot of flour,” she said.

It was good to make a Thanksgiving dinner for a less-fortunate family “because you share and be nice,” she said.

Assisting the children were USC Aiken students currently enrolled in a developmental psychology class. As part of their course study, they must complete eight hours of community service.

“This helps mainly with observation, watching the kids. Most kids are at a stage in life that we just did a chapter on industry versus inferiority. It's a stage in kids where they're learning to do things themselves, learning to be competent,” said USCA junior Chelsey Calixe.