Sunday, December 4, 2016

Gamma Pi and Friendship Charities Deliver Thanksgiving Turkeys to Suitland-area Seniors

Brothers take a pause after turkey deliveries
Friendship Charities Foundation’s 13th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Baskets Giveaway was held on Tuesday evening, November 22, 2016 at the Windsor Crossing Seniors Building in Suitland, Maryland.  More than 90 seniors received the special Thanksgiving turkey dinner package.

The dinner packages went far beyond just turkey. Each dinner consisted of a 12-14 lb. butterball turkey, a holiday pie, a sweet potato casserole, mixed vegetables and a bag of apples and pears.  As customary, this event is held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving because the turkeys are purchased frozen which makes the two-day lead time perfect for the seniors to prepare their Thanksgiving dinner.    

Bro. Tony Kelly unloads turkeys, trimmings
Friendship Charities Foundation (FCFI) and members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity jointly hand-delivered the Thanksgiving baskets to each senior’s door, greeting them and presenting them with their Thanksgiving dinner. As always, the seniors were anxiously awaiting their turkey baskets; they were so appreciative.  Their gratitude and appreciation are the motivating factors that keep this effort going year after year for FCFI and Gamma Pi chapter.

In addition, FCFI always invites students from the local schools to participate in the event.  The students benefit in two ways: first they learn and experience what it means to give back to the community by speaking with the seniors and the seniors expressing their thanks and gratitude to them.  Secondly, the students receive community hours for their work.  This year young ladies from Charles H Flowers High School cheerleader team assisted FCFI in delivering the turkey baskets.

Contributed by Bro. Mel White
All photos by Bro. Raphael Terrell

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