The St. Michaels Community Center hosted its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Wed., Nov. 25 at the parish hall of the Union United Methodist Church, where Community Center staff and volunteers packaged 173 meals along with numerous boxes of fresh produce and pantry items for delivery and pick up. The annual outreach event is part of fulfilling St. Michaels Community Center’s mission to serve, empower, and connect people from throughout the Bay Hundred area.
The meal’s roasted turkey was generously provided by Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar, with Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels providing all the sides. Pantry items and fresh produce were provided through individual donations and the Maryland Food Bank.
“We’re especially grateful for Ava’s and Awful Arthur’s for providing these meals,” said St. Michaels Community Center Executive Director Patrick Rofe. “And connecting our community to a hearty Thanksgiving meal, pantry items, and fresh produce is at the heart of the service work we provide, with special thanks to our donors and volunteers.”
The St. Michaels Community Center is also hosting a Christmas toy and household item drive, with donated items dropped off no later than Dec. 20 at the Treasure Cove Thrift Shop at 200 Railroad Ave. Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; or at the St. Michaels Community Center at 103 Railroad Ave. on Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Suggested donations include toys suited for children of all ages; personal hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, and shampoo; family homecare items like detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, and sponges; and food items like canned chicken, tuna, roast beef, ravioli, pasta, stew, peanut butter, rice, soup, crackers, pudding, and fruit cups.
Community Center staff and volunteers will also be preparing Christmas meals for those in need on Wed., Dec. 22. The pick-up and delivery meals are provided at no charge, with donations helping to offset costs. To reserve a meal or for more information, contact SMCC Food Distribution Director and Youth Programs Coordinator Amy Dewitt at [email protected] or 410-745-6073.
Donations to SMCC and proceeds from the Treasure Cove Thrift Shop in St. Michaels, Md. help the nonprofit provide year-round community programs and services that serve, empower, and connect people from throughout the Bay Hundred area, with more information at stmichaelscc.org.