SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In the spirit of Thanksgiving, members of the Springfield Rotary Club were on hand earlier this week to help make the holiday more special for those less fortunate.
The annual donation program was run in conjunction with Springfield H.O.P.E., a local charity that works to provide a helping hand to Springfield residents who may need one. Along with turkeys, the Rotarians also donated other needed holiday supplies, including stuffing, vegetables and sweets.
The group worked to put ll the supplies into boxes, which would be dropped off at individual houses of those in need.
After assembling the boxes at the Chisholm Community Center, the group headed out to deliver the turkeys. But before doing so, they stopped at Stew Leonard's for a photo. The company has donated turkeys for the charity program for the past few years.
Once the group photo was taken, the Rotarians went off to deliver the boxes. As a rule, no photos were allowed to be taken during this time, to help preserve the dignity of the recipients. However, multiple Rotary members said the deliveries were emotional, with recipients thanking them for the supplies.
For Mike Scalera, a member of the Springfield Rotary Club and community leader in town, the donation each year is a chance for the club to help give back to the people in town who need it most.
"That's what Rotary is all about. We always want to help people," Scalera said. "And that's not about giving back, that's really the feeling that you're helping the less fortunate be able to celebrate thanksgiving when maybe they wouldn't [otherwise]."