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United Way volunteers help make sure families have turkeys in time for Thanksgiving

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 25, 2013 11:12 AM

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(Image courtesy United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley)


Volunteers distributed turkeys at the Catholic Charities Yawkey Center in Dorchester.


The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley was busy last week as its army of volunteers distributed turkeys and all the fixings to families throughout Massachusetts.

The non-profit organization visited 10 local communities during the effort including the Catholic Charities Laboure Center in South Boston and Catholic Charities Yawkey Center in Dorchester.

"The Thanksgiving Project has grown tremendously in recent years, not only due to the increased need in our communities, but thanks to the generous support of our partners and volunteers," Michael Durkin, president of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, said in a statement. "These Thanksgiving baskets are important not only because they provide a celebratory meal to a struggling family, but because they allow families to enjoy the holiday without having to make damaging sacrifices in other crucial areas of their budget."

More than 500 volunteers distributed over 100,000 pounds of food last week. The meal packages provided everything necessary for a filling Thanksgiving including cranberry sauce, potatoes, stuffing, and of course turkey.

Meal packages were also distributed by the organization in Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth, Lynn, Lawrence, Lowell, Somerville, and the South End neighborhood of Boston.

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