‘Bobby C’ and others pay it forward this Thanksgiving

  • Radio personality Bobby "Bobby C" Campbell passes out homemade pies that were purchased through donations for families to have on Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Radio personality Bobby “Bobby C” Campbell gives homemade pies, that purchased through donations, to Brianna Vight, 8, and Nickolas Vight, 16, to have for Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Published: 11/22/2017 8:47:32 PM

GREENFIELD — By the end of Thursday, 80 local volunteers will serve 745 people Thanksgiving dinner — more than three times as many as last year.

“This is a full community event — 100 percent all community. It took a village to put this together, and we have the village. We knocked it out of the park,” said local radio host and event disc jockey Bobby “Bobby C” Campbell, who organized the volunteers. Campbell owns Bobby C’s D.J. Service and can be heard on regional radio stations like WHAI 98.3.

Last year, and for the first time, Campbell said he and his crew collected enough money and food for a little more than 200 Thanksgiving dinners. This year, the organizers managed to tap into a deeper well of generosity.

“All I am is liaison to get things together. I have the time to put effort into doing it. But it’s run by the community. It’s all community supporters in this area that’ve made this happen,” Campbell said, noting local farmers and businesses gave discounts on food items.

The group donated enough food and money for three separate events, the first being a community meal of 154 people that happened this past Sunday at the local Salvation Army.

Then, more was given to provide 50 dinners to “471 family members eating in their own homes,” Campbell said.

Families each received an “18- to 20-pound turkey. They get stuffing, a five-pound bag of potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, crescent roles, homemade apple pie,” he said. Each family’s dinner cost donors $40 because of sponsor discounts, he added.

Families picked up everything except for pies Sunday night from the WHAI radio station parking lot on Woodard Road. Campbell personally drove dinners to anyone who couldn’t get out of the house.

Pies, which were provided at a discount by Ronnie’s Bakery and Cafe in Keene, N.H., were delivered personally Tuesday night and Monday morning by Campbell and Ron Viski, the bakery’s owner. Campbell noted that the pies were given out during the week “instead of on Sunday so they’ll be fresh for Thanksgiving.”

Thanksgiving day feast

Campbell’s crew also contributed 120 dinners for a community Thanksgiving day meal at Living Waters Assembly of God church at 450 Davis St. in Greenfield.

The dinner, served by some of the people who gave donations, is scheduled to start at noon Thursday. “We gave food for their Thanksgiving meal that’s open to anyone to enjoy dinner on Thanksgiving Day,” Campbell said.

Anyone who wants to donate to the Campbell’s community fundraising effort, even after Thanksgiving is over, may call 413-834-4222. Campbell noted that any money left over from purchasing Thanksgiving meals will be used to buy hams come Christmas.

“It won’t be a full feast but we want to do a ham drive. If people give money and it’s left over, the money will go toward a ham. Now they can work around their potluck with the ham,” Campbell said. “We have an awesome community here. If you ask, people will give.”

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