AUBURN, Mass. – Hundreds of Auburn families will get to have a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday as volunteers put together food baskets at Auburn Youth and Family Services this week.
The organization has asked the community to bring in nonperishable foods for Thanksgiving, and now volunteers are helping sort food items, fill up the 200 food baskets and write greeting cards to the families.
“Each food basket is to help the families as much as we can because it’s tough for many families,” said Charles Geer, a site coordinator at Auburn Youth and Family Services. “We’ve had a constant stream of volunteers, which is great, and all the businesses and residents to donate items have been awesome.”
The organization will continue to hold its Thanksgiving food basket distribution on Tuesday. Shifts are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and residents can come to 21 Pheasant Court to volunteer sorting food and putting together food baskets. Some of the food baskets will be delivered to home-bound clients. Geer said that volunteers have filled about 110 boxes so far and have 90 more to go.
Some of the volunteers on Monday included members of Boy Scout Troop 53. David Keyes, scoutmaster for the troop, said the troop loves to volunteer every year during Thanksgiving.
“Auburn Youth and Family Services is certainly one of the places we love to help out at,” Keyes said. “More often than not at this time of year, people tend to forget how hard it is for people who are out of work and having tough times. We really reinforce that with the boys by doing this and giving back to others and helping.”
Keyes also said that members of the Cub Scout Pack 53, who weren’t present on Monday, donated many items to the food drive.
Auburn Youth and Family Services is a private, nonprofit, multi-service organization for children, young adults, and families. The programs are offered primarily to Auburn residents, while also serving individuals from surrounding communities.
Services include counseling, tutoring; advocacy; information and referral; after-school and summer programs; support groups for children, adolescents and parents; a food pantry; and a clothing closet.
For more information, visit http://www.ayfs.org/ or call 508-832-5707.