On November 21, 2014, the St. Joe’s Jr. High Grades (6th, 7th, and 8th) gathered together in the school gym to assemble the Thanksgiving baskets that were delivered to 40 families within the community.
We were overwhelmed with the amount of support we received this year during our annual Thanksgiving food drive. Because of the generosity of the St. Joe’s community, we were able to provide 40 families in need with a full Thanksgiving meal which included: a turkey with roasting pan, 5 lb bag of potatoes, one butternut squash, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, corn, peas, brownie mix and juice. The area churches were so thankful for your donations. We are truly blessed to be a part of such a tight knit and caring community.
All grades (Preschool-8th) donated to this event. Mrs. Byron’s Kindergarten class made the beautiful pictures to decorate the boxes that were sent out. We are forever grateful to Market Basket, Hannaford’s, BJ’s and Wal-Mart for their generous donation of gift cards towards the purchase of turkeys. In addition, Market Basket was kind enough to let us purchase the remaining turkeys at a very low price. Peters Farm provided us with 40 butternut squash. Donabedian Farms and Black Water Grille donated 50 lbs of potatoes each. The DiBiasio family and Robert DiBiasio’s grandmother Catherine Deloge generously donated 10 turkeys as well as the 40 banana boxes. Steve Abraham, Emma Kezer, the Rosigno Family, Claudia Dhimitri, Sandra Whittaker and the Woman’s Auxiliary of Salem, NH generously gave monetary donations. Margo Harrison donated 100 lbs of potatoes and a variety of food items. Dave and Jane Torrisi, and the Panaro family donated turkeys.
With the help of the St. Joe’s Jr. High in assembling the goods, the overloaded baskets were delivered to those 40 families to provide them with a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
Your generous gifts have reassured us that God works miracles and in the true spirit of giving we were able to help those who are less fortunate.
Sheila Jones, Karen Panaro and Julie Sharpe
St. Joe’s Thanksgiving Food Drive Committee