Community unites to help those in need

Photo by Chris Barber A visitor at the turkey distribution on Saturday looks at the variety of toys offered free to children.
Photo by Chris Barber Volunteers at the turkey distribution on Saturday push a cart full of food to the car of a recipient.

NEW GARDEN -- Various non-profit organizations from the southern Chester County area joined to give a boost to neighbors who could use a little help at Christmas.

Kennett Area Community Service, the Kennett organization founded years ago to step in where people needed help with heat, food and clothing, organized what could have been its biggest holiday event ever.

On Saturday, they opened up the New Garden maintenance garage on Route 41 hand out not only turkeys, but clothes, toys, food staples and lunch.

One group, a motorcycle ministry from Kennett Township, staffed the turkey table and were giving out “Li’l Butterballs” as fast as they could move them out of the truck. Children had the chance to survey a long table full of games and other toys and take one home for free.

Parents faced tables piled high with clothes, where they could pick out a coat for each child and other clothes that were donated either brand new or gently used.

If all that was not enough, everyone was offered lunch from chili to soup to sandwiches with juice.

Volunteers from many groups including but not limited to fire companies, police, municipal employes, youth and the motorcycle ministry all pitched in to help. Scores of recipients showed up throuighout the day and were shepherded through from the road by fire police and into the garage by the organization members.

Those who received the goods had to check in at the registration table before proceed through.

About the Author

Chris Barber

Chris Barber is the editor of the Avon Grove Sun. She was previously southern bureau chief of the Daily Local News and editor of the Kennett Paper, earning honors in writing and photography. Reach the author at agsun@kennettpaper.com .