“May you live in interesting times.”
Gentle Reader, I humbly submit, with the economy as it is and mother nature as she’s been behaving (thank you, ‘Sandy’), these are interesting times. It’s almost Thanksgiving and while there is much to be thankful for there are those who find these times not only interesting but also flat out hard. Such times have ensured that some have it harder than others and that is where Project Thanksgiving & The Salvation Army step in.
Project Thanksgiving NJ is the brainchild of Alex Kaganzev and Steve Plevins. It started about four years ago when the two wanted to help feed families working in conjunction with the Vineland chapter of the Salvation Army. Project Thanksgiving has grown over the years to the point that it has extended beyond the Cumberland County area and into Gloucester County too. The goal this year is to feed 1000 families with special attention paid to veterans and those returning from wars overseas. Not a handout but a thank you.
“1000 families. That’s a lot of people.”
Why yes, yes it is. Especially when The Salvation Army’s shelves are stretched thin due to the immediate response to “Sandy”. Food pantries across the state have felt the pinch so this particular blog entry is two-fold. I am going to ask you to consider giving to TWO entities in one blog. However, this is not as hard as it may sound.
First, let’s talk turkey. Project Thanksgiving’s Turkey Drive is going to be held on Saturday, November 17th at ShopRite supermarkets located in Millville, Upper Deerfield, Mullica Hill, Sewell, the TWO ShopRites in Vineland, and at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant (also in Vineland) from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. They will be collecting frozen turkeys, certificates for turkeys/hams, petty cash, or checks made payable to the Salvation Army. The Daily Journal, the local newspaper here in the Vineland area published this article written by Stephanie Loder that does a fine job explaining the need further: http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20121110/NEWS01/311100058/Local-Project-Thanksgiving-puts-call-out-donations?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE. Come on out ~ you just may have a chance to meet Nigel, Project Thanksgiving’s official mascot who was created and designed by Mrs. Gloucester County NJ herself, the lovely and talented Mrs. Kathy Ramos. I can’t guarantee that Nigel will be there but, as with a great many things, you simply never know.
Secondly, there are a lot of empty shelves at the Salvation Army office in Vineland. Hurricane Sandy blew their contents up north to go where they were needed. They need to be restocked. The people from the Salvation Army are often the first line of defense when the unexpected happens. There have been a lot of unexpected things happening recently. Keep them in mind the next time you head to the supermarket and drop them off something to restock. It’s relatively painless. Perhaps a bag of non-perishables or two during your next shopping trip. We are a community. We are part of something much more than ourselves.
All donations for the Vineland Salvation Army can be dropped off at their offices at 733 E Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360. If you have any questions here’s their number: 856-696-5050 ext 201.
Project Thanksgiving NJ can be found on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Thanksgiving-NJ/302695739793341?ref=ts&fref=ts. Like them on Facebook and show ‘em some love. Their goal is to feed a thousand families this Thanksgiving. Together, we can help them meet that goal. Let’s share the harvest. The blessings we have are not ours to keep. Give ‘em away & spread ‘em around.
Thank you & God bless, Gentle Reader.