Boca Helping Hands to serve Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday
On Thursday, those struggling in Boca Raton will have a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner served courtesy of the volunteers and staff of Boca Helping Hands. Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 11:00 to 1:00. But the festive lunch is only part of the day’s activities at one of South Palm Beach County’s largest social service agencies.
BHH Executive Director, James S. Gavrilos explains: “We have a small army of volunteers coming in bright and early to prepare the meal to be served to our guests….and also prepare meals to be delivered to housebound shut-ins in the neighborhood.” In addition to the activity going on at BHH’s main facility, another 750 complete Thanksgiving Dinners will be distributed in the Sandalfoot area…to the families who pick up their weekly pantry bags which are distributed by BHH volunteers every Saturday. And in a special treat, for the second year, those 750 meals are being cooked, plated, delivered and served by the employees of The Boca Raton Resort and Club.
Gavrilos continues: “Our collaboration with the Boca Raton Resort & Club is a model for all interaction between the corporate and non-profit worlds. Their commitment to those in the community who are in need is inspiring. Not only has the Boca Raton Resort & Club committed its corporate resources…but their employees have organized food drives and volunteered their time at BHH, working in the soup kitchen or filling up pantry bags in the warehouse. This type of corporate responsibility is exactly what America needs during these trying times.” says, Executive Director, James S. Gavrilos.
Thanksgiving at Boca Helping Hands is a true community event. With volunteers from all across the county, food from the Boca Raton Resort and Club, and placemats made by the Lower School students at Saint Andrews School, the attendees are in for a festive treat.
Founded in 1998 in response to the growing challenge of hunger and poverty in our community, Boca Helping Hands’ mission is to provide food and emergency assistance to meet basic human needs and long-term solutions to break the cycle of dependence. We do this through our hot meal program, pantry bag distribution, BHH backpack program, financial assistance and job training to the community in need.