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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-20-2019

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2 THE VALLEY NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION CUMBERLAND – Thanksgiving is the time of year to reflect on everything we're thankful for, and it's also become a time when people give back to their communities. Many towns, churches, and non- profits are in the middle of collecting food items and assembling baskets and boxes for families who need extra help this season. Here are some local organizations that are hosting food drives and ways to lend a hand not only this holiday season but any time of year: The Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, at its new location on 1 Angell Road in Cumberland, is looking for help at all times, not just during the holiday season, Bob Chaput, co-executive director, told The Breeze. The pantry is open every third Saturday of the month for people to pick up food. It serves the north- ern Rhode Island community, with the largest number of clients from Pawtucket and Woonsocket, Chaput said. "We don't turn anybody away," he said. While the pantry has a regular core of volunteers, people interested in helping out can fill out a volunteer sign-up sheet on the nonprofit's web- site, www.nrifoodpantry.org . Adults and children are welcome to sign up. The pantry can always use food donations, Chaput said, especially peanut butter, tuna fish, maple syrup, and jelly, as well as financial dona- tions. To find out how to donate, call 401-347-5714. People can also drop off food at the pantry and leave it in the hallway if no one is around; include a note with your name on it. Ernie Connor, of Cumberland, who's volunteered with the pantry for four years, said he does it to help people and make them feel comfort- able and at home. "It's not always easy to ask for something," he said. Pawtucket • Laureen Grebien is hoping to help at least 750 city families in need this Thanksgiving with her ninth Holiday Basket Drive. "I try to take care of our community," the mayor's wife told The Breeze. Baskets will be distributed the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and will include a 12-pound turkey, a box of fixings that includes corn, green beans, stuffing, a bag of pota- toes, and a loaf of bread, as well as a blanket. A full basket costs about $60. People can sponsor one or mul- tiple families, Grebien said. If interested in volunteering or donating items, contact Herb Weiss, city economic and cultural affairs officer, at hweiss@pawtucketri.com or 401-728-0500, ext. 437. The drive is all about "neighbors Lend a hand this Thanksgiving season By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT BOB CHAPUT, co-executive director of the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, shows off the produce the pantry received last Thursday. The pantry is open the third Saturday of every month and interested volunteers can apply via the pantry's website, www.nrifoodpantry.org . helping neighbors," she said. "You don't know really what's going on in the house next door. … I love it that Pawtucket people come together to help other Pawtucket residents." • The Little Sisters of the Poor is hosting its annual Turkey Drop and is asking for donations of a frozen turkey through Saturday, Nov. 23. Turkeys can be dropped off at the Jeanne Jugan Residence, 964 Main St. in Pawtucket between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information or to make special arrangements, call 401-723- 4314. While the Little Sisters don't need volunteers for Thanksgiving, those interested in volunteering for future opportunities can contact the volun- teer coordinator by calling 401-723- 4314 or emailing pwvol@littlesister- softhepoor.org . Donations are also needed at the See VOLUNTEER, Page 11

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