Sharing Thanksgiving Blessings to Help Local Families

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Every year at this time, Herb Chambers (the man himself!) gifts his employees with turkeys. With over 50 dealerships in the New England area, that’s a lot of turkeys! Herb Chambers employees enjoy this gift, but they also have the option of donating their turkey to those in need. It’s our way of sharing our blessings, and we consider it an honor to donate these turkeys to local organizations to aid them in doing their great work in the community.

A few years ago, we were able to help a community center in Providence, and this year, we were glad to assist two great local organizations in collecting food for Thanksgiving baskets. We were able to donate turkeys to the Allen AME Church in Providence, RI, to fill out 30 Thanksgiving food baskets for their yearly food drive. We also donated several turkeys to BASICS’ Kids for Kids, a Cranston, RI, nonprofit organization that encourages children to do volunteer work that benefits other children in their community.

The Allen AME Church, led by Pastor Reginald Mitchell, is celebrating their 140th anniversary this year as one of the oldest minority churches in the city of Providence, RI.  Each year, the church puts together 30 Thanksgiving baskets, and it’s a ministry that goes beyond parishioners: any local family can be nominated to receive a basket. Baskets contain a turkey and other Thanksgiving foods, as well as basics like pasta, rice, and beans to help families get through the season.

Arthur Speaks, a church member, personally reached out to Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk, saying, “In the past, Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk has been very generous to our Thanksgiving food basket drive. Anything you can do for this worthwhile cause will be greatly appreciated.” Located in the West End of Providence, Allen AME Church is a daily witness to the difficulties so many Americans are facing. In addition to Thanksgiving baskets, an effort that is run by Lorine Bibbs, Chairperson of the Sarah Bass Allen Missionary Society, the church does a great deal of outreach to the community. Their work includes providing affordable housing for nine families, running clothing drives during the year, and providing gifts for needy children (especially children with incarcerated parents) at Christmas.  Most recently, the Church has helped relocate families from Syria, Somalia, and Republic of the Congo.

Pastor Mitchell expressed sincere appreciation for the kindness shown by Herb Chambers.  He noted that such acts of compassion fulfill (indeed), the second greatest commandment, “To love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 33:39).  

BASICS’ Kids for Kids was developed by Kerri and Pete Kelleher, residents of Cranston, RI. Run entirely by volunteers, BASICS’ K4K is a community service group that provides children of all ages with the opportunity to help other children.  “Children have an amazing capacity for generosity, and we wanted to empower our local children to help others,” says Kerri Kelleher. “We work with a variety of local children’s charities, and our purpose is to let kids know that they can make a difference in the community–starting with having a positive impact on the lives of other kids.”

By donating turkeys to BASICS’ K4K, Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk has enabled the organization to assist a local elementary school student council in their annual Thanksgiving basket drive, as well as help needy families in Cranston. In addition to gathering food for Thanksgiving, K4K is spearheading several community service projects this year, including knitting 250 scarves for Cranston Family Center and Child Opportunity Zone (COZ), a local organization that designs and implements a variety of programs that enable families to engage with their children’s schools in a positive, powerful way. (Yarn donations are welcome!)

HCHS K4K Turkeys

We encourage our customers to support their local charities this season, and all year round. Our 3rd annual food drive to benefit the Rhode Island food Bank continues through December 12, 2016, and we welcome your donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items. But there are also many small charities, nonprofits, and churches doing wonderful work on the local level. Look around. Give what you can. And join us in sharing our blessings with those who need our help.

 

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