(New Castle, DE) Early next week, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) employees will deliver Thanksgiving care packages for fifty (50) families in Salem and Cumberland Counties in New Jersey and for fifty (50) families in New Castle and Sussex Counties in Delaware. The deliveries will be made to designated schools within the selected districts. In addition, one basket will be delivered to Our Lady of Grace Children’s Home in Newark, Delaware. An employee committee was formed to coordinate everything from grocery shopping, acquiring the baskets to transport the meals, assembling the meal baskets, and delivering the care packages to local school districts who will get them to families in need. Employees have volunteered their time to assemble and deliver the baskets.
According to Community Initiatives Committee member Dawn Williams, the DRBA employee initiative represents the true spirit and meaning of Thanksgiving. “The outreach program is an opportunity to share with our neighbors who are less fortunate while helping each of us to recognize, appreciate, and be thankful for all that we have,” she said. “It’s an Authority-wide effort and everyone works together to help make someone else’s day a little brighter. Hopefully, we can make a real difference and that’s what it’s all about.”
What: For the past several years, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) employees have organized
and prepared Thanksgiving Care Packages for disadvantaged families in New Jersey and
Delaware. The Thanksgiving baskets, which will be distributed locally to 100 families and
one children’s home, contain a turkey, stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans,
sweet peas, carrots, cranberry sauce, fresh fruit, gravy, pie, rolls, and milk. In addition,
each care package also consists of aluminum trays for the recipient family to cook the meal
as well as other non-perishable food items, including hot cocoa, rice, macaroni & cheese,
spaghetti, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, applesauce, snack cakes, juice and other items
for meals during the week.
New Castle County, Delaware: On Monday, November 23, 2009 at approximately 10:30 a.m.,
twenty (20) care packages will be delivered to the Louis L. Redding Middle School (Formerly
Redding Intermediate), 201 New Street, Middletown, Delaware. At approximately 1:45 p.m., one
basket will be delivered to Our Lady of Grace Children’s Home in Delaware.
Salem County, New Jersey: On Monday, November 23, 2009 at approximately 10:30 a.m.,
twenty (20) care packages will also be delivered to the Quinton Township Elementary School, 8
Robinson Street, Quinton, New Jersey.
Cumberland County, New Jersey: On Monday, November 23 at approximately 1:30 p.m.,
twenty (20) care packages will be delivered to Greenwich Township School District at Stowe
Creek Elementary, 11 Gum Tree Corner Road in Stowe Creek Township.
Sussex County, Delaware: On Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at approximately 9:30 a.m.,
twenty (20) care packages will be delivered to the following school in the Milford School
District: Lulu Ross Elementary, 310 Lovers Lane, Milford, Delaware.
In addition to the above randomly selected schools that will distribute these care packages
to needy families within the district, the Community Initiatives Committee also solicited
recommendations from DRBA employees for families within their communities who may have fallen
on hard times. Selection is based on need and the committee set aside twenty (20)
thanksgiving baskets for any employee recommendations. Should any baskets remain, they will
be distributed evenly among the selected school districts.
The DRBA Community Initiatives Committee includes Jody Bock-Hauck, Denise Ferrigno, Shannon
Goad, Michelle Griscom-Collins, Laura Hanna, Marge Johnson, Diane Klineburger, Peggy Lamanna,
Bernadette Minton, Susan Polak, Dana Read, June Reidenbach, Dawn Williams, and Jill Wolfe.
Why: The DRBA is an organization of people serving people. The Authority’s community involvement
reflects its 40-year history of giving back to the community and public it serves. For more
than ten years, DRBA employees have reached out to their neighbors in both Delaware and New
Jersey, hoping to make their holiday season a little brighter.