Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, and for most of us that means three very important things: family, food and football.
But it also means generosity, giving back and helping those who are in short supply of those things, and so far this month the people of Amesbury have really come together to support those in the community who are struggling.
On Election Day, Our Neighbors’ Table collected thousands of dollars worth of food and donations during their food drive at the polling stations. The police followed that up with a fruitful “Fill a Cruiser” drive this past weekend, and even over the border, the Newburyport Salvation Army faced a severe turkey shortage until its constituents rallied.
Today, newly re-elected U.S. Rep. John Tierney will be helping Community Action, Inc. hand out Thanksgiving baskets at 1:30 p.m. Tierney and Community Action will be at 44 Friend St., and while he’s in town, Tierney will be also be listening to what the local community leaders have to say about the impact budget cuts could have on their operations.
Then, on Thanksgiving Day, the all-sports booster clubs from Amesbury and Newburyport will team up for the third annual Amesbury-Newburyport Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Collection sites will be set up at Landry Memorial Stadium in Amesbury prior to the Thanksgiving Day showdown between the Indians and the Clippers, and non-perishable food donations will be accepted starting at 8:30 a.m.
All food collected will be donated to Our Neighbors’ Table in Amesbury, and the items needed most are peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna and chicken, canned fruit and vegetables, canned beef stew and canned soups, boxed pasta, cereal, pasta sauce, healthy snacks for kids and shampoo.
Amesbury and Newburyport may be united in their support for local families in need, but when it comes to football, Thanksgiving Day means war.