Pam Pitts spent her morning at America's Second Harvest stuffing boxes full of food. She says getting these Thanksgiving dinners ready for needy senior citizens is what the holidays are truly about.
Pam says, "You feel like you’re making a difference and you feel like you're doing something that's going to help someone out that might not have a family or might not have food on the table. This is something that definitely puts you in the holiday spirit.”
Anything from canned tomatoes to wheat thins were put in boxes that will find their way to the doors of needy seniors just in time for Thanksgiving. Food organizers say many folks don't know what an impact these boxes will make.
Jennifer Glisson, volunteer coordinator, says, "Unfortunately because of rising medical costs and heating throughout the winter time, seniors have to decide whether they are going to eat or pay their bills or get their medications. It's a decision no one should have to make."
And it only took one firsthand account for some of these volunteers to realize the impact they make.
Frank Myles, a volunteer, says, "She said that it was enough to make her ends meet and still have something to eat. I believe it's impacted a great deal of people."
Glisson adds, "With the 5,000 boxes going to the seniors and the 6,000 turkeys going out, we have a combination of feeding the entire population of Rhode Island."
And that means plenty of holiday joy to spread around!