SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In this season of giving, the Springfield Rotary Club is all about sharing the love and kindness. In its 8th year, the Thanksgiving turkey drop is an annual tradition for the community service and philanthropy organization.

As part of their charitable initiatives, on Thursday, Nov. 22, the Rotarians were able to donate 20 turkeys with all the trimmings to needy Springfield families over the Thanksgiving weekend. The turkeys were donated by Stew Leonard's Wines and Spirits and Rotarians purchased the assortment of groceries to accompany each bird. St. James the Apostle Catholic Church School students assembled 11 baskets filled with holiday treats that were donated along with the holiday meals.

"We've been participating in the food drive since day one," said Mario De Chellis, store manager of Stew Leonard's. "We're happy to support Rotary and these important causes."

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The donation drive was held outside the office of Dr. Gary Hecht, a local chiropractor who has served the Springfield community for over 25 years and the treasurer of the Rotary Club. Representatives from the club and Springfield Helping Other People Endure (H.O.P.E.) were present to hand out the donations.

"This is an opportunity for us to give back to the community and support families in need,
said Dr. Hecht. "I think we [club members] get more out of this than the families we support."

TAPinto Springfield publisher Jonathan Sym, who is also a member of the Rotary Club, said that helping residents in town with the food drive was a fulfilling experience with a positive impact on the community.

"It's always a great feeling to lend a helping hand," Sym said. "Particularly when it impacts those who are local and our neighbors. Community service is a great way to realize just how blessed many of us are. As someone that is new to the Springfield community, I am very impressed with how many generous and kind-hearted people are in town."

The Rotary Club of Springfield is a charitable organization that assists with donations and community service projects. To learn more about their work, visit their website at https://springfieldnjrotary.com/ and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/springfieldnjrotary/