Volunteers join forces in Millsboro to feed first responders working Thanksgiving day
MILLSBORO, Del. – Turkey, mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese. Those are just some of the Thanksgiving staples that first responders will find on their plates this Thanksgiving day thanks to the hard work of volunteers. With the precision of a well-oiled machine, about 25 volunteers got to work Thanksgiving day packing up meals to be delivered to first responders in Sussex County. “They’re working and they can’t be with their families. So we would like them to have a hot Thanksgiving meal. It does mean a lot to them,” said Sussex County EMS Paramedic Heather Wilson.
Wilson says she was on call Thursday. But that isn’t stopping her from making sure her brothers and sisters have a hot meal while they’re on the job this holiday. Wilson says everyone from local businesses to people who just wanted to volunteer their time chipped in to make this Thanksgiving special for first responders on the job. “We didn’t know if we were going to get as many donations this year with COVID. I mean it hit a lot of local businesses hard. So it was amazing that the last three weeks our community has been able to come together,” said Wilson.
President of Blessings for Badges Cindi Susi says she was inspired to start giving back about three years ago. For her, it’s personal. “My brother and my dad are Wilmington police officers. My dad’s passed away so I do this in his honor. I’m one of 11 kids. There’s many Thanksgivings where my mom ate Thanksgiving dinner alone because Dad was on the force,” said Susi.
Susi adds that Blessings for Badges and local ladies auxiliary groups have been preparing all year for this day. She says that’s because they wanted to ensure that the first responders working through the holiday could feel the love and appreciation. “Everybody works together. It’s like a big happy family. Everybody’s happy to do it and give back to the first responders who are out there in the trenches while we’re home having Thanksgiving,” said Susi.
Millsboro is not only place that first responders will be fed this Thanksgiving. Volunteers also delivered meal ins Kent County. Wilson says the volunteer board will meet sometime soon to assess how today’s effort went. From there, they’ll start working on other future events that will benefit first responders.