Now is always a busy time of year, this year being no different. In fact, when we opened our doors yesterday, we had already pre-registered 900 households for Thanksgiving and Christmas groceries (100 more than we served last year) and more are registering each day. But thanks to the more than 100 volunteers working this week and the continued support of a community always ready to rise to the challenge, every guest at our door will leave with arms full of groceries for the week and all the fixings needed for a holiday to be thankful for.
It may feel like magic, but the truth is happy Thanksgivings start with YOU. For all this, for your support, I extend my heartfelt thanks and share sincere gratitude on behalf of the Board and staff, and most importantly our guests. If you’ve made your gift this year, know that your generosity is already at work. And if you’re thinking about what or how much to give this holiday season, know your donation not only puts meals on your neighbor’s table today, it wraps her in a community that feeds her hope for tomorrow.
We wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.
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ONT Annual Breakfast Celebrates Impact
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Volunteer Spotlight - Emily White
If you ask Emily White why she volunteers, she’ll tell you that she likes to be “part of a local solution.” Emily volunteers in the ONT office and organizes home grocery delivery bags every week. “It’s my favorite day of the week,” she says about her Wednesdays with ONT. A mom of 4, Emily has brought her children to volunteer with her at ONT to teach them to give back to their community.
Emily told us that she enjoyed the fulfillment of volunteering when she began last fall, but it has grown into something greater as she realized how special the Our Neighbors’ Table community is. Read more about Emily in this month's Volunteer Spotlight!
The holidays are a special time and ONT is thrilled to once again help guests celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas in their own home with groceries from ONT. This week, volunteers are helping over 900 households get their Thanksgiving groceries at our Markets. In addition to specialty holiday fixings, each individual or family gets the choice of a turkey or super chicken and a $10 local supermarket gift card to purchase additional special items ONT might not have on hand.
Next month, the market will be filled with holiday groceries again for special hours December 11th- 15th.
To help with holiday distribution as a volunteer or to sign up for holiday groceries, please call our office, 978-388-1907.
Upcoming at ONT
Dinner with Santa
Santa is making his annual visit to the Wednesday Meal on Dec. 12! Join us for pictures with Santa, carolers and lots of holiday cheer!
The ONT Office, the Market and the Wednesday Meal are all open normal hours on Wednesday, November 21. The Meal will be pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes, fresh vegetable and soup of the day. The ONT Office and all programs will be closed Thursday - Sunday for the Thanksgiving Holiday (Nov. 22 - 25).
We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with their loved ones!
Check out the full list of holiday events and hours here!
Community Food Drives
Nov. 17: You have 2 choices for donating food to ONT on Saturday!
Thinking about your charitable giving this time of year?
Not sure what to get that friend who has everything? Need a hostess gift? Give the gift of food security through a donation in their honor to ONT! When you donate online, your email donation receipt includes a card at the bottom that you can print and give for the holidays or for your special occasion. ONT will also send a notification letter if you provide the persons's name and address in the designated fields.
Ask if your company offers a matching gift program. Many companies do as a benefit to their employees and will match your generosity to ONT. If you need assistance, please reach out to Lesley.