RECOVER Project holds 2nd annual turkey giveaway

  • RECOVER Project members celebrate their new turkeys, provided by the Opioid Task Force, before Thanksgiving. Recorder Staff/Joshua Solomon

Recorder Staff
Published: 11/21/2017 10:23:42 PM

GREENFIELD — Mary Doherty stepped into the room that held meetings 24 hours a day. She went to the back and sat down.

“I just wanted to be with people who were understanding,” Doherty said.

It was her first Thanksgiving in recovery.

“I think a lot of us remember what that was like,” said Doherty, who is now The RECOVER Project director. “It’s a really moving time of the year to remember people’s generosity.”

Between recalling her first Thanksgiving in recovery, Doherty and The RECOVER Project were busy helping people with their own celebrations this year.

Giving out a couple dozen turkeys — a part of the Opioid Task Force’s second annual turkey giveaway, handing out 200 turkeys across the region Tuesday — The RECOVER Project was working on assisting their community members through this year’s holiday.

“I went through Thanksgiving with nothing to eat sometimes,” Larry Thomas said. “It makes me feel good to give back. Due to this recovery process, I can give back.”

Thomas was helping to haul the dozens of turkeys to those walking through the doors, a couple days before the holiday. He talked about what Thanksgiving means to him — family, community and togetherness.

As people came in for turkeys, some stopped and sat down in the Federal Street location to chat and catch up with friends. Thomas remembered last year when they cooked a couple of turkeys at the center and ate them all together.

“Everybody doesn’t have a family that they can go to,” Thomas said. “So to some of our members, we are their family. We are family.”

The Task Force gave out turkeys to agencies around Franklin County and the North Quabbin, including, the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Franklin County Survival Center, the Hilltown Churches Food Pantry, the Charlemont Federated Church Good Neighbor Food Pantry, the Montague Catholic Social Ministries, the Salvation Army of Greenfield and Valuing Our Children.

“This is part of our effort to give back to the community,” Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan and Task Force co-chair said in a press release. “Our guys love to participate to help families at this time of year.”

The RECOVER Project member Penelope Davis made sure her thanks were heard.

“I’m very grateful for the work the Opioid Task Force does in our community and for the simple thoughtfulness that they do during the holidays,” Davis said.

Doherty agreed, saying what the Task Force and the recovery community at-large does is a big part to helping to ease the burden that those in recovery sometimes feel during the holidays.

“Honestly, it means a lot,” Doherty said. “I think the community in Franklin County is really coming together and supporting people in recovery more. It just feels like things are going in a good direction.”


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