November 25, 2013
Communication and Marketing
The Saint Anselm College community came together today to donate 114 Thanksgiving dinner baskets for families in need in the greater Manchester area.
The annual event brought faculty, staff, and students to the Abbey Church where the baskets were blessed by Fr. Anselm Smedile, O.S.B. and then hauled onto waiting trucks by those in attendance. The baskets contained traditional items such as turkeys, potatoes, and side dishes, as well as table cloths, utensils, and even cleaning products and were delivered to Catholic Charities of New Hampshire and the Greater Manchester AIDS Project. From there, they will be distributed directly to local families. The donations to the Greater Manchester AIDS project are especially helpful as the organization recently saw its food pantry budget eliminated while their client base has increased by 30 percent.
Addressing the community at the Abbey Church, Saint Anselm College President Steven R. DiSalvo said, "Today we give thanks to the community we call home. It is truly a blessing to be part of a family that keeps us ever mindful of those less fortunate."
Mary Ann Fraser from the Catholic Charities of New Hampshire district office in Manchester thanked the audience for all of the donations, adding, "I am overwhelmed by your generosity and I know Manchester families will enjoy it all."