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Thanksgiving baskets for the hungry
Some of the volunteers at the Praise Assembly of God are seen putting together the 100 baskets on Friday, the night before being delivered with a turkey to needy families all over Rumford. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- On Friday night, 45 people were busy at the Praise Assembly of God on 89 Congress St., putting together 100 Thanksgiving baskets to be delivered throughout Rumford the following day.
Pastor Justin Thacker said the church has undertaken this large effort since 2003. The project has grown since the first year when they delivered turkey baskets to 20 families.
This year, he said volunteers of the church were joined by a group of students from Mountain Valley High School called Team Servio.
Vince Allegra, an advisor for Team Servio, said this is a group of five or six teens, most from Rumford churches, who meet every Wednesday to discuss ways to get involved in their community. Team Servio has already made plans for a project for Christmas.
Thacker said the food came as the result of many donations, including the Dollar Tree. Much of the monetary donations went towards purchasing food from the Good Shepherd Food-Bank.
Some case workers from Tri-County Mental Health helped deliver some of the turkey baskets on Saturday.
The church's food pantry is also located here, which does not receive government assistance. The food pantry is available from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday, or by appointment. They can be reached at 364-3856.