A time to be thankful

  • Bobby C. Campbell Staff Illustration/Andy Castillo

Published: 11/30/2019 7:00:18 AM

Good morning and welcome to Bobby’s World. This week has been a week to be thankful and to share the bounty with family and friends. On Thursday, I was lucky enough to have had a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner with my family and to share many laughs and stories. Having my grandchildren over with my children touched my heart.

Our community came through again this year for the fourth annual Thanksgiving fundraiser, which was able to feed 1,300 people a delicious dinner. Over 100 families received meals that included a 22 pound Turkey, stuffing mix, potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls and apple pie. Plus, through the Salvation Army’s community meal, The Living Waters Assembly of God church, which held its annual dinner on Thursday, helped feed many others.

Without the help of many in our community, this wouldn’t be possible. First, I want to send out a very special thanks to my wife, Leslie, for the amazing work she did helping this year, as she always does. I also want to thank Ray Zukowski and the staff at the TRIAD of Franklin County; the Greenfield police and fire departments; the local Knights of Columbus; the Bernardston Kiwanis Club; The Oak Ridge Detachment Marine Corps League; the Bernardston Leyden Gill Snowmobile Club; the Frontier Regional School cheerleaders; local high school football players (for doing the heavy lifting) Jake Sak, Joey White, Dylan Mahar from Greenfield High School; Owen Bashaw from the Franklin County Technical School; John Semaski and Josh Semaski from Frontier Regional High School; and coaches Joe Gamache and Jason Semaski. Thank you to Becky, Kerry and Lauren; to Foster’s Supermarket; Market Basket; Greenfield Self Storage; The Greenfield Recorder; Tammy and Kyle Provencal; my daughter, Amanda, and grandson, Gabriel. Also, a final thank you to our community business owners and community townspeople for making this the best year yet. It takes a village to make this happen and there is no way I could ever do this by myself.

Hams for seniors

Another holiday fundraiser that I’m involved with starts today and ends on Dec. 15: the Franklin County Triad’s Hams for Seniors. Every year, the Triad gives seniors a ham for Christmas so they can share it with family members and friends. This is an opportunity to help bring seniors together with loved ones — they can provide the ham. Our goal is to give 100 hams out, which will cost about $3,000. We will be taking donations now through Dec. 15 so we can get the hams out in time for Christmas.

If you would like to make a donation you can make a check payable to Bobby C. Campbell, P.O. Box 21, Bernardston, MA 01337. In the memo section, please write “Triad hams for seniors 2019.” Thank you in advance for your support.

Local charities and holiday events

Today, families can take advantage of a free roller skating party at the Orange Armory from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for my second annual Giving Back Roller Skating Party with Bobby C. Admission and skate rental is free for everyone. I will be playing music.

Next weekend, Saturday, Dec. 7, will be the second annual roller skating party for True Christmas, a fundraiser that benefits needy children. If you bring a new toy or other type of gift to the Orange Armory from 3 to 5 p.m., you’ll receive get free admission. True Christmas is run by organizer David Shea. Santa Claus will be there and I will be there playing music. Every donation will benefit the charity. I want to thank the owner of the Orange roller skating rink, Jolynn Novak, for hosting this fundraiser.

Another charity, the Giving Back Toy Drive, is putting on a soup and game night this Monday night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Hope & Olive Restaurant in Greenfield. Bring a new toy for a needy child or teenager, enjoy some homemade soup and play games. There will be a bake sale and a raffle. All proceeds will help make a child smile on Christmas morning.

The time to give is now — want to turn your generosity into a fun time, as well. Whether you can make it next Saturday afternoon in Orange or on Monday night at Hope & Olive, it will be great to see you at either place to help our needy children this holiday season. Have a wonderful weekend.

As a local personality, Bobby C. Campbell has been connected to the community for a very long time. If you have an event that needs promotion or an idea for a future column, e-mail him at bobbyleslie25@gmail.com.


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