It is difficult to imagine the number of individuals needing food when most of us are so fortunate to have well stocked refrigerators and freezers for all days, not only the holidays. For that reason the Sturbridge Rotary Club decided in 2008 to provide Thanksgiving Baskets to those in need through the Catholic Charities Food Share Program of Southbridge. By 2015, the number of families requesting a turkey and grocery certificate had increased to over 400 families and Food Share found they do not have the funds to continue this special Thanksgiving program, nor do they have the volunteers. Fortunately, eight local churches came together to form the Tri-Community Church Collaborative. Because they were a new organization, they started out with a goal of collecting 250 turkeys for local families in need. They are also collecting items for food baskets. Consequently, Sturbridge Rotary donated funds to the Church Collaborative to help purchase the turkeys.
2017 is the tenth year that Sturbridge Rotary Club has participated in this worthwhile cause. To date we have contributed over $2,900 to pre-screened families in the towns of Sturbridge, Southbridge and Charlton to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
Rotary…helping local families in the community.