Middlesex United Way: Thanksgiving project distributes 973 baskets

MIDDLETOWN — This year marks another successful Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project.
Despite the unprecedented challenges we were faced with, I’m happy to say MCTP made it through another year of ensuring families and individuals in our community had a warm holiday meal to enjoy with one another. Due to the current pandemic, we knew the logistics to put on such a large food drive were going to be different, so we are especially grateful for the various individuals, schools, organizations, businesses, churches and nonprofits who came together to prepare 973 baskets of food for the holiday.
This year, we had over 100 people volunteer to register, prepare and hand out the baskets, and over 70 businesses/organizations donated food, time or money to make it go so smoothly. So, on behalf of the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project, I’d like to dedicate this week’s column to thanking all of you.
For your time and talent on the planning committee, we thank the city of Middletown, Fellowship Church, Liberty Bank, Liberty Bank Foundation, Middlesex Health, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Kiwanis Club, Middletown Police Department, Middletown Rotary Club and St. Vincent DePaul Middletown/Amazing Grace Food Pantry.
For your donations, volunteers and support, we appreciatively thank the ABC Women’s Center Inc, ACT Group, Adams of Portland, Adelbrook Community Services, Agway of Middlefield, Arcadis, Central CT Pediatric Dentistry, Change Inc., Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, city of Middletown, Community Foundation, Community Health Center, Congregation Adath Israel, Connecticut Valley Hospital, CT Employees Union Independent, CT Food Bank, David Derita Construction, Davita Dialysis, Debs Restaurant, Elks Lodge 771, EXP, Faith Lutheran, Fellowship Church, First Church of Christ Congregational, Harding Development Group, Herritage Commons, Illiano’s and Jukonski Truck.
We also appreciate the Kiwanis Club, Lawrence School, Liberty Bank, Liberty Bank Foundation, Luther Ridge and Luther Manor, Mahoney, Sabol & Co. LLP, Main Street Market, Middlesex Health, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Area Transit, Middletown Police Department, Middletown Rotary, MXCC — Human Services, Nino’s, NPS, Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney — Canel Lodge, Radiologic Associates of Middletown, Fox, Russell Library, Salvation Army, South Congregational Church, St. Johns, St. Pius, St. Vincent DePaul/Amazing Grace, Stew Leonards, Stop & Shop, Stor-U-Self Portland, Third Congregational Church, Ursel’s Web Frame Shop Gallery, Val-U Land Services, Village at South Farms, Vox Church, Wadsworth Glen Health Care, WB Mason, Wesleyan University, Wright-Pierce, Xavier High School, the Middlesex YMCA and Young’s Printing.
And for all of the individuals who contributed: Thank you.
There are many ways to serve our community all year long. Please contact Maria Wood at maria.wood@middlesexunitedway.org or 860-346-8695 for information.
Kevin Wilhelm is CEO and president of Middlesex United Way.