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Thanksgiving Card Drive, November 2022

Thanksgiving Gift Card Drive

Last Days to Donate! Help Us Meet Our Goal!

And Other Ways to Help Your Community



Hello Neighbors,


We are in the last days of our Thanksgiving Gift Card Drive. Our goal is to help neighbors experiencing food insecurity celebrate the bounty of the holidays.


The great news is that we are almost ¾ of the way to our goal. Food prices are so high for families right now. Please help us cross the line!


With whatever we raise, Newton Neighbors will purchase and distribute supermarket gift cards through partner agencies to up to 150 families in Newton, Waltham, and Brockton. If you are able to make any size donation to help us reach our goal, we know that these families would be so grateful.


Here is the link to donate or click the button below.


THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY DONATED SO GENEROUSLY!



Upcoming Food drive to benefit Arabic Baptist Church Pantry

Newton Neighbors will be closing our year out with a December food drive to fill the shelves of the Arabic Baptist Church Pantry. Keep an eye out for the launch of our final initiative of 2022!


Village Bank/Rotary Club Toy Drive

Through December 12

Help Newton families and kids have a happy holiday season! The Village Bank and Newton Rotary Club, in partnership with the Newton Department of Health & Human Services, are holding their holiday gift drive through December 12. Make a tax-deductible cash donation to the Rotary Club of Newton or drop off a new, unwrapped toy or gift card at any Village Bank location in Newton.

Blood Drive on November 15 - today!

Tuesday, November 15, 8:30am - 2pm, War Memorial Circle, Newton City Hall

Register at www.newtonma.gov/health or scan the QR code.

Bulk Food Delivery

NN’s bulk food delivery program is looking for short- and long-term volunteers to join us in delivering fresh produce from local food rescue organizations to MetroWest and South Area food pantries. Help bridge that last link in the distribution chain and provide good food to so many who need it. Commitments range from once in a while to once every 4-6 weeks, or even more. Please reach out to us at newtonneighborshelping@gmail.com to volunteer or find out more.


Food Pantry Delivery: Looking for Volunteers for November and December

We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver from food pantries in Newton to families who are unable to access the pantries themselves. We need drivers for the remainder of November and December!


Delivery usually takes about an hour to complete. You can sign up to deliver during one or more of the following times:


  • Wednesday afternoons from Newton Food Pantry, pick up food at assigned times between 12:15 - 2:45pm.

  • The 3rd Friday of the month from the American Legion Nonantum Post 440 Mobile Food Bank, pick up food 9 - 9:15am before the pantry opens to the public

  • The first Saturday of the month from Centre Street Food Pantry, pick up food between 1:30 - 2:30pm after the pantry has been open to the public.



Freedge

Every Thursday volunteers from Newton Neighbors pick up and deliver food to the Freedge from the Newton Food Pantry and business partners like Sweet Tomatoes, Tatte, and Sandwich Works. Our volunteers ensure that the Freedge is clean and organized. If you’d like to get involved with our Freedge team, we’d love to have you on board! We have slots available for October and November.

If you have food or personal care items to donate to the Freedge, you can take them directly to the Freedge at 420 Watertown Street (in the parking lot of Central Drapery and Dry Cleaning) or drop them off at 174 Oliver Road, Waban.


Welcome Home Drive for Household Items

Newton’s home goods pantry is seeking donations for new and gently used household items. To donate, go to welcomehomemass.org.

NewCity Church and St. Paul Episcopal Church is hosting this year's

HARVEST THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY MEAL

The symbolic meaning of Harvest in Scripture encompasses two main

areas: God's provision for us and God's blessing for others. The Ancient

practice of harvesting required that farmers only harvest enough for

their homes, not to harvest the edges of their field, and to never go over

your field twice for scraps. Why? The unharvested corners and that

which was left behind was for their neighbors who may have need.

Gleaning and Giving was the heart of the harvest.


CHEF SHERRY POCKNETT, MASHPEE WAMPANOAG Chef Sherry is back this year and will prepare a meal rich in history and in honor of the Wampanoag people.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2022

Parish of St. Paul Episcopal

1135 Walnut Street

Newton Highlands, MA 02461

We are grateful for our volunteers, our community, and our opportunity to serve. Thank you, neighbors, for your response to our Drive for Five and our annual appeal. Thank you, volunteers, for your endless dedication in supporting and expanding our programs and initiatives. Special thanks to Jill Coull for her design work!


Happy Thanksgiving to our neighbors!


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