Inspired by the Tony Robbins Basket Brigade efforts, we reached out to a few contacts to find Thanksgiving service opportunities.
Having previously volunteered for dinner service at the Hoboken Shelter and having a connection to the Trinity Gospel Haven congregation (through a shared community history with their church location dating back over 100 yrs), we found the most promising opportunities. A Hoboken Shelter case manager told us about a a large family in need, including 10 people (spanning three generations, with half children) and the Trinity Gospel Haven Church said they could use help sponsoring three families in need, including an elderly couple and two families of four (one requiring sugar free desert due to diabetes). The church provided additional side dishes for a truly full Thanksgiving feast.
We received lists of preferred meal items, purchased supplies at ShopRite/BJs, and delivered Thanksgiving meal items to the shelter and Church. The Hoboken Shelter case worker had a member of the family meet the JCBB crew when we dropped off the turkey, stuffing, veggies and pies.