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Boys and Girls Club Family Center Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 20

SPRINGFIELD — The Boys and Girls Club Family Center at 100 Acorn St. in Springfield will open its doors to members of the community for Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Springfield Youth Collaboration (MLK Family Services, Dunbar YMCA, and South End Community Center).

In his first year as the Family Center’s new executive director, Keshawn Dodds is happy to be able to reach out to residents in the city and from various neighborhoods in Mason Square who may not be able to enjoy the holiday for a variety of reasons.

Local organizations have joined the effort in support of the community. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has provided a grant to assist with the purchase of healthy side dishes, while bankESB has provided funds for food and will also have several volunteers at the dinner. Farm Credit East is working with farmers to donate produce as well. American International College (AIC) is dishing up the trimmings, donating macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and rice pilaf.

“Working closely with the Springfield Youth Collaboration, we understand that there are people in our community who struggle to make ends meet every day or who live alone and feel they have little to celebrate,” said Dodds, an AIC alumnus. “Our neighbors are family, and we need to be present for them. We are grateful for the positive response from the organizations asked to help. Their generosity and concern for those who may not have the financial means or emotional support that many of us may take for granted has helped make this event possible.”

The Family Center anticipates serving approximately 200 guests. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed.

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