Giving thanks in Warwick

| 24 Nov 2017 | 10:33

By Roger Gavan
— On Tuesday, November 21, approximately 50 volunteers for the Warwick Ecumenical Council Food Pantry collected and distributed more than 200 Thanksgiving Day Food Baskets at the Warwick United Methodist Church on Route 17A and Forester Avenue.
Although actually very well organized, the morning appeared chaotic as volunteers used shopping baskets and carts to rush final food donations into the building where they were inventoried, stacked on shelves and repackaged for delivery to needy families.
According to Thanksgiving and Christmas basket distribution Chair Marge Koopman this community wide effort, which brought volunteers together from the entire Town including local officials, resulted in another large number of food baskets to be delivered to needy families.
Koopman explained that each box of food, numbered to identify a particular family or senior in need, contained a turkey or a ham, depending on preference, along with all the usual holiday trimmings and a basting pan. Other surprise treats like candy, flowers, wine and even small toys or games were also included.
Volunteers for the Warwick Ecumenical Council will also distribute Christmas Food Baskets on Thursday, Dec. 21.
Individuals and organizations are invited to "adopt" a family and to provide baskets and gifts, donate cash, collect food and toys or volunteer on the distribution day.
Many of the donations, especially toys, will come from the Angel Tree, which has been set up on Main Street in the Village of Warwick, during the celebration of Home for the Holidays.
The Warwick Ecumenical Council urges residents and businesses to reach out and make a difference to a disadvantaged family or a lonely senior.
The Council's Food Pantry is located inside the United Methodist Church.
For information call Marge Koopman at 986-8947.