Again this year T&E Care gathered food for 8 local families for holiday dinners. These dinners are not cooked - we just gathered the items that would be good for a dinner or two (with a few extras) around the holidays. Many many thanks to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Devon for letting us borrow the space to collect and sort the food items. Special thanks to all those who donated food for the dinners and delivered the dinners. Special thanks once again to the students of the Amana Foundation (headed by CHS senior Ibrahim Souadda) that collect bags and bags of fresh produce for EACH of the 8 families we supported. And extra special thanks to Aimee Ducasse and Jim Battista, and their daughters Jen and Erica, for coordinating this effort. They did a great job and we were thrilled to have them on board with our organization. If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is the summary from Aimee Ducasse related to the results of the event. You can see that these 8 families were really given a special treat!
A huge thanks to Amana Foundation who donated 3 bags of fresh produce for EACH family. All came packaged in re-usable whole foods bags, included were 2 banana bunches, bags of apples, oranges and pears, 2 packs of carrots, bags of onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and zucchini, spinach, two lettuce heads, broccoli, cauliflower and celery for each family. WOW!!! Also, the Sugarman family donated an abundance of groceries and hams for 4 families. We had a total of 9 hams so we gave the largest family 2 hams. Each family received 4 bags of groceries along with the 3 bags of fresh produce. We had no shortage of desserts and every family received multiple desserts. In addition to donating food items, Molly DeSantis donated 2 $50 Wegmans gift cards. We gave one of these to two of the families. We made that decision because when we called each family to confirm delivery, both of these women cried on the phone. A special thank you to Allen Benner-Smith at St. Luke who made room in the church refrigerator and gave us a great space to work in to collect and organize the donations. He even provided holiday music and wireless access so I could keep the Google document updated. Also, a big thank you to Megan Robinson and her son, Jacob, for donating food and handling the Thursday shift from 4-6 pm at St Luke's to collect donations. She emailed me a list of all donors and their respective donations which was a big help. Others to thank include Carol Tompkins, Margot McGinley, Jodi Monster, Tammy Small, Angela Lawton, MaryAnn Kotzer, Pat Ellen Corr, and Elisabeth Sajed. We can't thank enough all of the people who contributed to making this event a success including everyone involved with T&E Care. Below are a few thanks notes from families we supported. Below that are pictures from the collection day - you can see the volume of items included for each family.
To the T/E Cares Community: Just a note to let you know how very grateful we are for all your group has done for our family. Words can not express how thankful we are for your generous support and care for our family. Please know all the things you have helped us with has not gone unnoticed! Our hearts are full with thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Dinners 2012
Again this year T&E Care prepared Thanksgiving dinners for local families at The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli. The plan was to help out 8 local families, but due to last minute emergency requests, we ended up giving dinners to 11 local families! Thanks to Cindy Gilroy and Danyll Lockett for overseeing this special event, and of course our special thanks to Art Roman at the Kitchen Workshop for organizing the cooking. The Hayden family (over 500 cookies and tons of pies!!) and The Amana Foundation (bags of fresh produce for EVERY family) also deserve a huge shout out! And of course - many thanks to all those who shopped, baked, cooked, sorted, and/or delivered the special meals. Below are some thank you notes from some of the families we supported. It's clear that this assistance is very much appreciated!
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful Thanksgiving. Due to your generosity and help, we were able to provide for our family and extended family this season (7 of us!). Once again, you blew me away. We had tons of food, both prepared and unprepared. On top of that, we had three bags of fresh produce! Being on a extremely tight food budget, it is hard to purchase fresh ingredients for my family. This was a great treat! Thank you TE Cares, Art and all the hands that went into this project!
I'd like to show my gratitude for all you have done for my family, in particularly this past Thanksgiving holiday. It was such a pleasant surprise walking in the house and seeing all the food in the doorway! It's amazing what you guys do for us! Thanks you so much! P.s the pumpkin cookies are amazing!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, the cooking club and the Hayden family for the Thanksgiving dinner and drop off. It was such a wonderful meal- complete with two types of dessert! To still be able to have a turkey with all the trimmings when we probably would have gone without- meant a lot to my family. Since my husband has been working only a few days a week for the last month and money has been very tight- we were especially thankful for this.
In addition to those folks mentioned above, our special thanks to those families who helped out: The Bird's, the Marinakos', the Mintz's, the Stevenson's, the Emel's, the Maynard's, the Fratamico's, the Lawton's, the Pratt's, the Bauman's, the Ladden's, the Kleppe's, the Hay's, the Becket's, the Gallen's, the Sajed's, the Fialko's, the Reardon's, the McGillis', the Ward's, the Bundage's, Kim Smeadly from the Paoli Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, and Dee Bilotta and Vince Caprio of Our Lady of Assumption Church. What an incredible team effort! (We regret any omissions - if you offered help and are not listed here - please say so and we'll add you on!)
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