NEWINGTON – Altruistic women teachers in town are making the Thanksgiving holiday a happy one for people who can’t afford to buy food.
The town’s chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa dedicates every November to creating Thanksgiving baskets which are delivered to the Friendship Service Center in New Britain.
The ladies spent Thursday evening packing four laundry baskets full of items like stuffing mix, canned cream of chicken soup, potatoes, cranberry sauce and cookies. They also donated gift cards so those on the receiving end could purchase perishables like the turkey, for example.
“I’ll bring them to the Friendship Center on Monday,” Immediate Past President Julie Butryman said.
The Friendship Center runs a soup kitchen, apartment style housing, an emergency shelter and provides support services to homeless people and those transitioning into independent living situations.
Clients who receive the baskets have sent thank-you cards to the club for its generosity.
“The center gives us a list of recommended items and the sisters buy all of them, right down to the salt and pepper,” Butryman said.
Each member chose one particular item to stock the baskets with and was responsible for bringing the appropriate quantity of it to the packing event.
For Linda Dalidowitz, that was cans of soup.
“I think it’s very special,” Dalidowitz said of the club’s project. “I work at the library in Newington and see the cars lined up for the food pantry. I know there’s a real need. We’re happy to be helping out even though it’s small, it’s making an impact.”
This December club members will reconvene for their annual “Adopt a Family” gift drive, purchasing the gift requests of families served by Newington Human Services.
“We do a different altruistic project every month,” Beverley Pelletier said. “It’s part of who we are.”
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