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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-20-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 THE VALLEY 11 Blackstone Valley Emergency Food Center, 75 Benefit St. in Pawtucket. To help, call 401-724-7170 or email bvefc1@gmail.com . Cumberland Volunteers are needed to help assemble Cumberland Happy Baskets on Thursday, Nov. 21, start- ing at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Senior Center. There are other vol- unteer opportunities on Nov. 25, Dec. 12, Dec. 14, and Dec. 16. The Happy Baskets program, in its 28th year, distributes food baskets and toys during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and has dis- tributed close to 15,000 baskets over the past 27 years. The team hopes to distribute more than 700 baskets this year in the Cumberland area. Anyone who wants to volunteer by sorting donations, wrapping gifts and assembling baskets can call John Johnson at 487-1282 or email hbpro- gram@gmail.com . For a complete schedule of activi- ties, visit www.happybasketsri.com . Donations, including fresh veg- etables, canned or jarred gravy, dressing mix, canned goods of all kinds and bread and rolls, are welcome and can be dropped off at the Cumberland Senior Center, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. Financial donations are also accepted. Checks should be made payable to "The Happy Basket Program" and mailed to P.O. Box 7611, Cumberland, RI 02864. Lincoln • The town of Lincoln is conduct- ing its annual food drive to benefit the town's Holiday Basket program, which provides food to residents in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Nonperishable food and canned goods can be dropped off in collection bins located at every public school, the Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln Senior Center and Town Hall. Thanksgiving Day pickup for baskets is Nov. 25, while Holiday Basket pickup is Dec. 20. Contact Peggy Weigner at 401-333- 8431. • The Genesis Project, a nonprofit agency that operates the Manville Food Pantry in Lincoln, is accepting new volunteers. To apply, call 401- 757-0605. The organization works to help feed hungry families in Lincoln, Cumberland, Woonsocket and Central Falls, according to its website. Founder Rodney Simonini said they accept food donations all the time. Woonsocket • For the fourth year in a row, Missy's Family Restaurant will host a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 5 p.m. at 801 Clinton St. While Tabitha Westerhuis, daughter of owner Judy Beauchemin, said they're already full for restaurant vol- unteers, they're still looking for vol- unteer drivers to help deliver meals to homebound individuals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year, the restau- rant fed more than 600 people on Thanksgiving Day, including at least 315 meals delivered to homes. "We like to see our children look at it and see the look on people's faces about giving to others," said Westerhuis. "The pay it forward type feeling." The restaurant is also accepting donated coats, scarves, hats and gloves to distribute on Thanksgiving Day and cash donations toward the purchase of food. Before hosting the meal at Missy's, Beauchemin offered a free Thanksgiving meal at the for- mer Zachary's Food and Spirits on Main Street, making it the 14th year the family continues the tradition. • Jeanne Michon, co-director of Woonsocket's New Beginnings soup kitchen, said the kitchen won't be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year; instead they will be helping out at Missy's. They will need volunteers for their Christmas dinner, she said, and those interested in helping can call the office at 401-356-4066. "Although people need (help) every time of year , this is usually a time of family and kinship," she said. "It's nice to come together as a commu- nity" and show that people care. North Providence and Providence • Mayor Charles Lombardi and the North Providence Police Department are hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive this year and could use help from volunteers on Nov. 23. Lt. Michael Tavarozzi said he would be grateful for volunteers who can help at Stop &Shop, 1128 Mineral Spring Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Tavarozzi at 401-749-8180. They will also be collecting food items, including canned goods and stuffing, until Nov. 25. Collection boxes are located at Town Hall, 2000 Smith St., the North Providence Police Department, 1835 Mineral BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT Volunteer ERNIE CONNOR, of Cumberland, sorts apples into bags at the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, 1 Angell Road in Cumberland, last Thursday. VOLUNTEER From Page 2 See DONATIONS, Page 13

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