October 26, 2014

Thanks given for donated turkeys

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Members of Williston Girl Scout brownie troop 30948 collected Thanksgiving food donations and made cards for the Women Helping Battered Women shelter earlier this month. Back row (from left): Emma Allaire, Francesca Krol, co-leader Heather Cleveland, Norah Munn, Ella Leombruno, Shannon Kennelly, Riley Erdman, Megan Rexford and Mia Moshovetis. Front row (seated, from left): Makenna Patrick, Addiso Urch, Zoe Bryan and Isabela Nash. Not pictured: Kassidy Cleveland. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Luke Baynes

Observer staff

More than 100 local families had a happy Thanksgiving last week, thanks to the charitable giving of the community and the volunteer efforts of the Williston Community Food Shelf.

“It went great,” said Williston resident Ginger Morton of the Food Shelf’s annual turkey drive. “By the grace of God and the good will of our neighbors, last year and this year we’ve been able to give everybody a turkey that wanted one.”

All told, the food shelf received 128 turkeys this year—almost half of which came from a single source.

“Extra special thanks needs to go to the New England Federal Credit Union in Williston, because they brought in 62 turkeys,” Morton said.

Morton, the chief organizer of the 2012 turkey drive, also mentioned that the Food Shelf received 87 gift cards for redemption at Hannaford or Shaw’s supermarkets in Williston. She said the leftover gift cards will be saved for the Christmas season.

“We’re going to use the gift cards that we got at Thanksgiving to give to people at Christmas to let them get a Christmas turkey,” she said.

Despite the Food Shelf’s Turkey Day success, Morton said demand remains high in what was a down year for food donations.

“The stores of food at the Food Shelf are significantly down from what they were last year, and the need is significantly up,” Morton said. “So to all of you wonderful community members who at Thanksgiving gave a turkey, please be kind enough to remember to fill a bag for Christmas, also.”

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