A Flight Of Turkeys, An Embarrassment of RichesJanuary 14th, 2009
by Alina Trowbridge
Holidays at St. Anthony Foundation can be hectic endurance events. Now that we can stop for breath, we’re looking back with real pleasure at the generosity our friends showed during the festival of light.
Before Thanksgiving, the Ramallah Club (well, actually the American Ramallah Federation and Education Fund) donated more than 4,000 pounds of turkey. They arrived in the vendor’s truck promptly at 9:00 AM on the opening day of our Curbside Holiday Donation Drive and all but ended our turkey drive at the start. (But of course, we can always use the food.) Their message: Happy Holidays – The Palestinian American Community.
On Christmas Day, there were gift bags for everyone who came to eat in the Dining Room, donated and assembled by a team from Gymboree. State Fund came to prepare something for the children. And several corporate teams, as well as our individual supporters, unloaded and sorted food and clothing as it arrived at our Curbside Drive.
Volunteers and donors all gave us the impression that they are just as concerned about their low-income neighbors in hard times as they are about themselves. It’s enough to restore anyone’s faith in people.