ABCD Dorchester NSC & Bowdoin Street Health Center Host Holiday Harvest

photoIn collaboration with the Bowdoin Street Health Center, the Dorchester NSC will donate dozens of turkeys to some of the most vulnerable families  on Monday, November 25 between the hours of 11AM-2PM and Tuesday, November 26 from 10AM-1PM. Additionally the Holiday Harvest provides an affordable Farmer’s Market to promote healthy eating options during the holiday season. The event will take place at the Dorchester NSC, 110 Claybourne Street, Dorchester.

ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew explains, “While the economy has improved for many of us there are still too many families where unemployment or disabilities make it impossible to pay for basic needs. For most of us winter is an inconvenience, even a major inconvenience, but for those struggling, it is a time of crisis.” He added “Fuel assistance applications and food bank referrals are at an all-time high. Many people who never had to ask for help before are turning to ABCD for assistance this holiday season. We need help from the public to put a smile on a child’s face and help their family be warm and safe this winter.”

The Holiday Harvest and Turkey Distribution hosted by the ABCD Dorchester NSC will provide an opportunity for residents to receive both a turkey and shop for healthy and affordable produce. “We are grateful to collaborate with the Bowdoin Street Health Center in our annual Holiday Harvest and turkey distribution event”  explained Eric Mitchell, Operations Coordinator for the ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center. “Not only do we provide turkeys to help celebrate Thanksgiving, families also have access to affordable fresh produce. Healthy eating is a lifelong choice and the holidays are a great time to educate our community about nutritional options.”

The event is also part of the ABCD’s Winter Emergency Campaign created in response to the increasing number of Boston households unable to meet their basic needs. The campaign provides assistance to Boston’s most vulnerable residents and serves thousands of needy families with fuel assistance, food, and holiday toys.  This winter the need is greater than ever.

ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign ready to help

To find out how the Winter Emergency Campaign can help you – or how you can donate to the campaign – please go to www.bostonabcd.org or call 617-348-6559. Every contribution – large or small – makes a difference in the lives of children, families and seniors struggling through a New England winter in a harsh economy. Donations can be delivered to any of ABCD’s 14 Neighborhood Service Centers as well as to the downtown ABCD Robert M. Coard Building at 178 Tremont Street, Boston.

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