Generosity shines brightly in Scarborough on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is about sharing our bounty with family, friends and neighbors. We love trying out new stuffing recipes, wrestling lightly over whether pumpkin or apple pie is the perfect slice of heaven, and deciding who will bring the favorite must-have sides to complement the turkey, the star of the spectacle. Sharing with others is a meaningful and celebrated custom that brings us together during the holidays, and was the core value that led to the formation of long-standing local food drives, generous holiday donations and, six years ago. , the Scarborough Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Scarborough’s long-standing holiday traditions include annual food drives and special giveaways at the Scarborough Food Pantry. Over the past 10 years or so, the Scarborough Kiwanis Club has donated approximately 100 turkeys to the Scarborough Food Pantry and School Nutrition “Backpack” complementary food program at Wentworth School. Kiwanis executive Ava Adams said the Scarborough Kiwanis Club “always looks forward to providing turkeys to families in our community for Thanksgiving. We hope everyone has a happy holiday.

Local businesses and organizations are also getting involved. The GRACE project is hosting an annual “Fixings” food drive for the Scarborough Food Pantry. This month, Hillcrest sent a bus to their neighborhood to collect donations; Infinity Credit Union filled an SUV to the brim with fasteners, and neighbors across town brought boxes, bags and packages of good humor and food for their neighbors. Many stopped to visit, smiling and happy to be a part of something bigger, to be part of a generous and compassionate community.

Throughout the holiday season, we savor the time we spend with those we love and we think of others. We give, little or a lot, all that we can of our time, so that others do not want it, so that our community is united by benevolence. This brilliant spirit still inspires the hosts of the Scarborough Community Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Usually served buffet style at Wentworth School, but now moved to curbside pickup, Scarborough’s many businesses, organizations and friends are helping out. At the heart of it all are the neighbors who come to dine or have a meal for a friend. “Scarborough is a wonderful community with a great fabric of caring, generous and loving people who volunteer and help others,” said Eddie Woodin, who was among the first to champion the idea of ​​a community dinner.

This year, 1,000 roast turkey dinners with all the traditional toppings (and pie!) Will be prepared by Chef Peter Esposito and the school nutrition team. This is an effort on the bridge, involving volunteers from the city’s community services, public works, public safety and the community. this annual event, ”said municipal councilor Jean-Marie Caterina. “So many of my constituents wouldn’t have Thanksgiving without their efforts. Thank you. Thank you.”

Scarborough Public Safety staff are among the low-key heroes who don chef’s aprons and help in the kitchen, spend hours keeping cars safe during curbside pickup, and go door-to-door to greet and eat the neighbors. “Thanksgiving is just another way of serving the community,” says Det. Eric Greenleaf and Sgt. Steve Thibodeau. “It gives us great pleasure to help those who enjoy a genuine, homemade holiday meal.

Linda Halleran, Community Engagement Manager at Town & Country Federal Credit Union, reflecting on their annual donation, said: “Scarborough’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner has become a wonderful tradition bringing together local businesses, city government, citizens. non-community groups. In the spirit of our “Local Helping Local” initiative, Town & Country Federal Credit Union is pleased to sponsor this event. “

BlueWave Solar is a new sponsor that has come forward this year to match the leadership gifts offered by Woodin & Co. and Ameriprise of Scarborough. “One of our core values ​​is ‘we do it together’ and we believe it is important to appear as a member of the communities in which we live, work and support,” says Alan Robertson, Chief Development Officer. solar at BlueWave. “We are proud to work with Project GRACE and all partners to ensure that all members of the Scarborough community can celebrate Thanksgiving with a holiday meal. “

With the warmest wishes to all of our neighbors, with the utmost gratitude for the love and caring that shines so brightly this time of year, we wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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