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5th Annual Thanks for Giving Basket CollectioN

This is our 5th Annual “Thanks for Giving” Food Collection Project, and we continue to make a difference in the lives of members of our communities, through our Load of Love Laundry Project, helping our environment through programs like Vineland and Buena Clean Communities, creating a place where our kids can play safely like the playground for the Boys and Girls Club, providing scholarships to high school students, and now seeing that our less fortunate families can make a great memory by having a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner provided by the Tri County Rotary Club.   

The harsh reality is that so many of us don’t have the time between work, and family obligations to actually volunteer at a food pantry. We may not all be able to cook or serve hot meals at a shelter, and we thank you dearly if you are, but here’s what we can do, simply grocery shop for items on our list. We all do it as part of our weekly activities, so why not help our families at the same time. 

Imagine how our 25 families could be blessed with a delicious Thanksgiving dinner if everyone chipped in and bought a few items each time they went food shopping. Most food banks organize non-perishable food drives during the holidays. They then put together bags or boxes containing all the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings, which are then delivered to or picked up by families in need to take home and prepare.  We want to do one better.  We have updated our list if items to include fresh vegetables, decreased our grocery list and increased our Shop Rite gift card to $25.00 to that we can accommodate our families with special needs, like lactose free milk, and sugar free items.

So, the next time you go grocery shopping, take along your list and pick up the items you have selected.  You can get them to us in three (3) ways:

  1. by bringing them to a club meeting
  2. by dropping them off at Melanie Druziako's House located at 1716 Garwood Lane, Vineland
  3. by calling Melanie at (609) 774-3671 to make arrangements to get them to her.

Deadline to receive the groceries are between now and Saturday, November 20th.

It’s important to please stick to the list item to size and type, so that all baskets will be the same. We will be preparing and organizing our 25 food baskets at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church 301 N 3rd St, Millville, NJ 08332 on Sunday, November 21st at 10:00AM. We will need members to volunteer to help unload the groceries and organize the baskets so they can be presented to the families that day.

Our Club has received a most generous donation of Turkeys from the Boys and Girls Club of Vineland.  Thank you to Chris Volker, member, and Director of the BGC for thinking of us, and Bottino Shop Rite has donated 50 Vinyl Bags. 

An entire basket costs approximately $200.00.  So, please be as generous as you can.  This is our time to show our support and love for our communities.  "Thanks for Giving" is one of our projects that receives the most participation from members.  We hope that everyone will continue that tradition and contribute to this worthy cause. 

Thank you from the bottom of our heart,

Tri County Rotary Club