November 26, 2013
For the 38th consecutive year, St. Elizabeth Medical Center staff packed and distributed Thanksgiving baskets, complete with turkey and trimmings, to 135 families in need on Monday, November 25. Baskets were prepared and picked up at the St. Elizabeth Medical Arts building on Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford.
The effort is called “Operation Share,” with this year’s baskets providing Thanksgiving dinner for approximately 800 people, Chairman James Getter said. The staff prepared and distributed approximately six tons of food during the day. Recipients picked up the baskets mainly between 4:30 and 6 p.m.
The annual charitable effort is made possible by major donations from Mohawk Valley Imaging, PC. and Chanatry’s Supermarkets, Inc. Donations also came from physicians, employees, volunteers and others.
Recipients were recommended by the Sisters of St. Francis, doctors, nurses, other employees and local agencies, including Catholic Charities and Thea Bowman House.