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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 Bazaars 6 Calendar 12 Entertainment 3 Movie 5 Parenting 3 Real Estate 9 Recipe 4 Classifi eds 14 QUICK INDEX @ 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's a list of 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 volun- teer sign-up sheet on the nonprofit's website, . 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 finan- cial donations. 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 Lend a hand this Thanksgiving season By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer 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, . My Life RHEA BOUCHARD POWERS Porch People Weekend The day has finally arrived and I must now contain my giddiness for another five or six hours before it's actually time to leave, but the anticipation makes it hard for me to fully settle down. Our Porch People Weekend is finally here. It was in May of 2011, shortly after the death of my son Rick when, as a heartfelt gesture of sympathy and friendship, my friend Elaine offered me the use of her vacation home at the Cape. "We only use it on weekends," she explained, "and it's a shame to leave it empty all week. So why don't you go down there and stay for a few days." I asked if I could bring a few others with me. She said sure. She handed me the keys and a week or so later my sisters Joan and Bev, my daughters Barbara and Kathy, my niece Kelly and I descended bag and baggage upon the quiet cottage nestled in a country setting. We ate out and we ate in. We drove around looking for yarn shops, gro- ceries, and wine stores. But what we mostly did was spend almost every waking hour of every day sitting out in the spacious, screened-in porch out back. We headed out there in our pajamas every morning and sat there See RHEA, Page 11 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 comfortable 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 See VOLUNTEER, Page 10 401.333.0665 Visit our website: Since 1935 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Motor Fuels Generator | Complete Heating Service Emergency Generators Sales & Installation Propane for your Home Heating & Cooking Together we make a difference 401-431-2816 Tabeley's ROOFING Factory Certified Installer 20 years of perfection RI REG. #18045 MA REG. #172793 - Member RI From roofs to windows Tabeley's has your needs covered We offer a variety of quality vinyl siding systems

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