Giving Thanks, and 1800lbs of Turkeys
It started as a simple idea - how else can we help during the holidays?
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of year for an addiction treatment center. The detox center offers a safe, controlled environment for starting recovery, free of the burdens associated with maintaining an addiction. Warm, comfortable surroundings, with security and safety, under the expert supervision of medical and addiction professionals.
For the lucky ones, a medical detox center can represent a safe haven for starting recovery. Admission also signals hope for the future, which helps the individuals as well as their families.
What Else Can We Do?
This year, we witnessed a wonderful outpouring of love and support from the community served by Sunrise Detox Millbury. As we opened and started accepting new patients, we were constantly reminded of the positive and encouraging attitude of New Englanders. As Thanksgiving approached, we still wanted to do something else. How can we help more?
Donating 100 Turkeys to Veterans, Inc. of Worcester
In true Sunrise Detox fashion, the staff took immediate action to just-get-it-done. A few phone calls later we had connected with Veterans, Inc. out of Worcester, a local non-profit that has served over 80,000 homeless and needy veterans throughout New England. They feed a Thanksgiving Dinner to over 500 families. They provide comprehensive support for the homeless and needy -- everything from outreach on the street to job placement and ongoing case management for those who need it. They could use 1800 lbs of Butterball turkeys!
Volunteers and staff from Veteran's Inc on Grove Street in Worcester came out with pickup trucks to load the Butterball turkeys at the Middle River Walmart supercenter.
Kate Toomey hands off a crate of turkeys to the volunteers
Many hands make light work - volunteers loaded up the trucks with turkeys to distribute.
Veteran's, Inc. is hosting a Holiday Harvest event on November 20, serving Thanksgiving Dinner to over 500 local families. Find out more here.
Prize fighter Muhammad Ali once said “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth". We think these guys are all caught up on their rent!
Averaging around 18lbs these are family-sized Thanksgiving turkeys, worthy of feeding the friends, families, and neighbors.
It doesn't take long to distribute 100 turkeys a few days before Thanksgiving.. everybody knows somebody in need, who can use a boost that brings together family around a harvest table.
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