SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset Ancient Order of Hibernians, with the support of the Somerville Knights of Columbus, delivered a record-setting 136 turkey dinners to organizations and individuals in need throughout Somerset, Hunterdon and Middlesex counties two days before Thanksgiving.
Donations were collected with the support of Mannion’s Pub and Restaurant in Somerville and an Irish Seisiun event hosted by the Hibernians.
Donations were received from both Hibernian and Knights members as well as the Somerville community. Groceries were donated by ShopRite of Flemington and many turkeys were donated by Kings Supermarket of Whitehouse Station. Donations of snacks were received from Frito-Lay.
On Monday, volunteers assembled the dinners which each included a turkey, vegetables, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, jello, box cakes and snacks. The volunteers then delivered the many Thanksgiving Dinner Packages and Food Gift Cards to the recipients in time for a Thanksgiving family dinner.
Organizations receiving turkey dinners included Agape House (Somerville), Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (Somerville), Binnacle House (Flemington), Visions and Pathways (Bridgewater), Center for Great Expectations (Somerset), Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen (New Brunswick), Anderson House (Readington), Somerset County Food Bank, Centerbridge Senior Living (Bridgewater), and numerous individual families within the parishes of Immaculate Conception (Somerville) and Mary Mother of God (Hillsborough) and Our Lady of Mount Virgin (Middlesex).
The event co-chairmen were Tom Lenahan of Bridgewater and Dan Esposito of Hillsborough; both members of the Somerset Hibernians.