For many, the month of November is spent planning and preparing for an abundant Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends who will join together, watch football or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and express gratitude for the blessings in their lives. For others, the Thanksgiving holiday may be a time of lending a hand for those in need. For Cardigan Athletic Trainer Len Angelli, Thanksgiving consists of a bit of both.
Each year, Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon hosts a dinner for members of the community in need of a warm meal on Thanksgiving Day. Mr. Angelli, who is also a parishioner of Sacred Heart, has been organizing the effort for the past eight years and spends months collecting donations from local farms, restaurants, and bakeries. He also solicits volunteers from the parish and the local community, including students, faculty, and staff from Cardigan.
It’s no question that the Cardigan community is proud to be involved in helping with such a great cause. So proud, in fact, that we’ve included the Sacred Heart Community Thanksgiving Dinner in our Thanksgiving Break programming. Cardigan is happy to offer the use of our state-of-the-art kitchen facilities to help prepare much of the food, as well as offer a number of faculty and student kitchen helpers.
Take for example, the carrots that are needed for the dinner. On Monday morning the Cardigan kitchen staff arrived at 6:30 a.m. to peel 300 pounds of carrots; they finished by 8:30 a.m., just in time for a group of students to begin chopping the peeled carrots into half-moon slices. With industrial-sized cutting boards and knives, the students took over every surface area of the Cardigan kitchen and made quick work of the vegetables. Another crew of students and staff worked on Tuesday morning to prepare more side dishes.
This year about 150 volunteers are expected to serve more than 1,500 meals to the community. In addition to the 300 lbs. of carrots, Mr. Angelli has planned on preparing 900 lbs. of turkey, 450 lbs. of potatoes, 400 lbs. of squash, 300 lbs. of sweet potatoes, and over 400 pies. All are welcome to attend the free meal on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2 Hough Street, Lebanon, NH. If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, donate items, or request a meal, call (603) 448-6575.