Originally published in The Weekly Packet, November 24, 2021
Blue Hill’s Thanksgiving food drive gathers bounty
Lyndsey Dow, left, Blue Hill’s town clerk, and Shawna Ambrose, town administrator, collected 23 turkeys and several boxes of food at the Lawrence Family Fitness Center on November 17, during Blue Hill’s first annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
by Jeffrey B. Roth
Shawna Ambrose, town administrator for Blue Hill, said the town’s Thanksgiving food drive was a success.
“We had an amazing turnout for it being our first year,” Ambrose said. “We collected 23 turkeys and several boxes of food. I can only imagine next year will be even better. The Odd Fellows donated 150 pounds of potatoes, as well.”
This was the first year that the town sponsored the Thanksgiving food drive. Ambrose, along with Lyndsey Dow, town clerk, manned a table inside the Lawrence Family Fitness Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 17, collecting turkeys, nonperishable items and cash donations that were later transferred to the Island Food Pantry in Stonington, since the food pantry in Blue Hill does not have adequate refrigeration space to store the turkeys. On the day of the food drive, the turkeys were stored in refrigeration units at TradeWinds Market Place.
In addition to donating the use of the cold storage space, Chuck and Belinda Lawrence, owners of TradeWinds, were also collecting food and cash to be distributed to area families and residents for the holidays.
“We are collecting donations for the Tree of Life Food Pantry,” said Josh Theriault, TradeWinds’ store manager. “We have done this for many years,” he said. “We match up to $5,000 worth of donations. We typically only do this for the month of November and will not be collecting donations for Christmas.”