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Annual Turkey Drive Supports The Home for Little Wanderers and Families in Need

BOSTON – The Home for Little Wanderers – the oldest child welfare agency in America, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, and St. Athanasius The Great Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington will continue their 25+ year partnership to pack 450-500 turkey dinner kits for families in need. For the third year in a row, The Home has been able to fulfill the needs of all the families it serves despite global supply shortages. For over 25 years, the St. Athanasius The Great parish has donated turkeys and coordinated supplies for The Home’s Annual Turkey Drive to ensure The Home’s families don’t ‘go without’ this year. The Metropolis also offered the use of its 9,000-square-foot hall at the Cathedral Center in Brookline, MA.

On November 22, 2022, volunteers will receive the donations, sort the items, and assemble them into dinner kits in the morning. In the afternoon, The Home’s program personnel will pick up the kits and deliver them to families in need throughout greater Boston, Walpole, Plymouth and New Hampshire.

Volunteers will pack 450-500 dinner kits for families in need. Kits will include a frozen turkey, produce, dry goods, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, apples, apple cider, and pies.

On November 22, 2022, 9AM-11AM: volunteers pack dinner kits 11:30 AM-2:00 PM: The Home’s clinicians pick up dinner kits for distribution to families.

From last’ year’s packing of turkeys and ingredients for the Thanksgiving Dinner. Shown are volunteers with Metropolitan Methodios of Boston at the Cathedral Center in Brookline. (Photo: Metropolis of Boston)

WHERE: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston – Cathedral Center

162 Goddard Avenue

Brookline, MA 02445

WHO: The Home for Little Wanderers

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston

St. Athanasius The Great Greek Orthodox Church

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WHY: The families served by The Home for Little Wanderers already faced socioeconomic challenges before the pandemic and are now facing further stresses, including lost wages and food insecurity. Putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table is therapeutic as well as nutritious, giving kids and families a sense of normalcy and togetherness. It provides a foundation of positive experiences and bonding that builds resiliency for kids and families.

About The Home for Little Wanderers

For over 200 years, The Home for Little Wanderers has helped build stable lives and hopeful tomorrows for vulnerable children and their families. Its 25+ community-based and residential programs serve thousands of at-risk youth from birth to age 26. Many of these children have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma, or a disrupted family life. As the oldest child welfare agency in America, it provides them with safe surroundings, permanent loving relationships and a secure path toward a better, brighter future. For more information, visit thehome.org.

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