Locals help pack 11,000 Thanksgiving meals for Delmarva families
SELBYVILLE, Del. – Hundreds of volunteers got a very early start to the day in Selbyville on Monday, packing thousands of boxes for local families in need this Thanksgiving.
“Here on the shore there are pockets of need everywhere and we’re just trying to do our part to help,” says Cathy Bassett, the director of communications and community relations for Mountaire Farms.
It was an assembly line like no other. “Churches, companies, just individuals, retirees, various people want to be a part of helping people that may not have a good Thanksgiving,” says John Rieley, a volunteer and Sussex County Councilman.
These volunteers spent the day packing boxes full of all the Thanksgiving essentials. “This is a difficult time when you have a large family to feed and you don’t necessarily have the resources to provide that,” says Donna McClellan, a volunteer and member of the Selbyville Library Board.
It’s all part of Mountaire’s 25th Thanksgiving for Thousands event. “So this year we’re doing 10,00 boxes here on Delmarva,” says Bassett. “We’ve never done that many so we’re excited and we know we can meet that challenge.”
A monumental number of meals, going to families in need across Delmarva. “That’s the rewarding part. Hearing the stories about meeting those needs and finding those families who really otherwise might not enjoy a nice family meal on Thanksgiving,” says Bassett.
Since it’s the season of giving, locals say there’s no better way to give back. “I’m just happy to be a small tiny little part of it,” says Rieley.
Every year Mountaire tries to outdo the year before so there’s no telling how big this event will be next year.
Mountaire donated all the food for Monday’s packing party but they rely on community donations for their other annual events. The company also has events like this at Christmas and Easter. They’ve helped feed more than one million people on Delmarva over the past 25 years.