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North Quabbin Coalition delivering Thanksgiving meals again

  • Members of the North Quabbin Community Coalition’s board of directors will cook Thanksgiving meals to be delivered to the home-bound and the elderly. Recorder file photo

  • Members of the North Quabbin Community Coalition’s board of directors will cook Thanksgiving meals to be delivered to the homebound and the elderly. Recorder file photo

  • Fisher Hill School in Orange, where members of the Athol-based North Quabbin Community Coalition’s board of directors will use the kitchen space to cook Thanksgiving meals to be delivered to the home-bound and the elderly. Recorder file photo



Recorder Staff
Monday, November 13, 2017

ATHOL — What do Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the North Quabbin Community Coalition have in common?

They all make house calls on a holiday.

Athol-based NQCC has, since 2008, delivered free, home-cooked Thanksgiving dinners to the homebound and the elderly, and this year will be no different. Members of the coalition’s board of directors will use the kitchen at Fisher Hill School in Orange on Nov. 22 to prepare meals for delivery on Thanksgiving.

Heather Bialecki-Canning, NQCC’s executive director, said the meals will consist of turkey, cranberry sauce, squash, potatoes and a slice of pie baked by members of the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club.

“It’s really an awesome thing,” Bialecki-Canning said of the meals program.

She said 222 meals were cooked last year and were delivered by 18 drivers in an all-volunteer effort. There were 30 volunteers in total, she said. According to Bialecki-Canning, drivers who donate their time year after year often request the same routes so the meal recipients can get to know them and have “a friendly face at the door.”

She said the program was organized originally by the former local Kiwanis Club. Though no one is denied a meal, this program is aimed at aiding the homebound and elderly.

The Thanksgiving meal delivery program is sponsored by NQCC, the Athol-Orange Elks Club, the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club, the Athol Credit Union, Heywood Healthcare and LifePath, formerly Franklin County Home Care Corp. Call NQCC at 978-249-3703 by Friday to make a reservation.

Anyone able to get to the free congregate meal at the Athol American Legion at 325 Pequoig Ave. on Thanksgiving is encouraged to do so. Drop-ins are welcome at the William O’Brien Dinner, which starts at noon, and transportation is available. People are invited to come early for a cup of coffee. Call the Athol Council on Aging at 978-249-8986 to make reservations.