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Wahlberg, St. Croix charity Alma's Kids helps hundreds this Thanksgiving

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 22, 2011 04:53 PM

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Tiffany St. Croix, Ed St. Croix, Paul Wahlberg, and Madison Wahlberg pass out turkey dinners for needy South Shore families

Hingham Chef Paul Wahlberg will be giving more than just good food at his local restaurants this Thanksgiving – he will also be delivering Thanksgiving meals to over 300 South Shore families.

On Tuesday, boxes destined for Wellspring Inc., South Shore Stars, and the Quincy Community Action Program, as well as the Home for Little Wanderers, were handed out at Derby Academy in Hingham.

A part of a larger effort by Alma’s Kids, a charity founded in 2010 by Wahlberg’s daughter Madison and her friend Tiffany St. Croix – daughter of Wahlberg’s business partner Ed St. Croix, the event has been a long time coming.

At Alma Nove earlier this year, Golden Globe and Oscar night parties were held to generate the money to prepare the boxed turkey dinners, which include a 13-pound turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, butternut squash, green beans, gravy mix, chicken stock, celery, carrots, and onion.

Derby Academy students Avery O'Connor of Hingham (right) and Grace Babb of Milton help deliver turkey dinners to South Shore Stars families.jpgDerby Academy students Avery O'Connor of Hingham (right) and Grace Babb of Milton (left) help deliver turkey dinners to South Shore Stars families

It’s nice to give back, Wahlberg said, especially coming himself from meager beginning.

“Growing up in a low-income family, I count my blessings everyday for the life I’ve been able to provide my family,” said Wahlberg, who grew up in Dorchester with nine bothers and sisters, including brothers Mark and Donnie. “This is our way of giving back to our community and making a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate.”

Coming from a big family also influenced the boxes that were given away, as each can feed a family of eight.

Dozens of Derby Academy students, volunteers, and Wahlberg and St. Croix themselves helped load the pre-packaged boxes into vans.

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