With Halloween passing, many of us are eagerly awaiting Thanksgiving, dreaming of football, family and food. This year, we hope that every family can join us in celebrating this holiday of sharing. Since 2010, individuals and organizations in Middletown have teamed together in collaboration to offer financially struggling families the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project was established to ensure that all Middletown families who could not afford to purchase a Thanksgiving meal could still enjoy a feast on Thanksgiving. Made up of volunteers from nonprofit organizations, businesses, faith communitie, and civic groups, the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project will assemble baskets of food for 1,000 families this Thanksgiving.
This annual event is quite the undertaking, as perishable food items require constant temperature control, and you can imagine how much space 1,000 turkeys can take up. If you wish to contribute a turkey, the Middletown Police Department will be holding turkey drives Nov. 17 and 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at Stop & Shop in Middletown.
If you would like to donate nonperishable food, the Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society is holding two fill-a-bus events Saturday at Price Chopper in Middletown from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be at Stop & Shop in Middletown Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The items we are looking to collect are canned sweet potatoes, gravy, corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce and fresh potatoes. Volunteers are still needed to greet shoppers outside the grocery store and hand out flyers as customers head in to do their shopping. If you would like to help volunteer on either date, please contact Amanda Furlong at 860-346-8695.
Monetary donations are being accepted to purchase necessary food and nonfood items essential to this effort. If you wish to contribute, checks can be made out to Rotary-MCTP with MCTP included in the memo line and sent to MCTP, c/o Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Road, Middletown, CT 06457.
If you wish to register for a Thanksgiving basket, registration takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. at Amazing Grace Food Pantry, 16 Stack St., Middletown, through Nov. 17. Those who wish to register must provide proof of Middletown residence and identification for each family member. Acceptable proofs of residence are a utility bill, driver’s license or state ID, lease agreement or rental receipts. Acceptable forms of identification are a driver’s license, birth certificate, medial card, social security card or DSS or housing listing.
Baskets will be available for pick up Nov. 21 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Basket pick up will be at Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Road. The church is hoping for volunteers to assist in the packing and passing out of baskets, as we are hoping for a generous collection of food this year. If you’d like to help, please call Lara SantaMaria at Fellowship Church at 860-346-1181.
This project is supported by many generous local businesses, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, civic groups and individuals. It’s incredible what we can do when we all work together. I know what I am thankful for this year and every year— a community that cares.