About 135 Summit Hill families in need will have a turkey on their table this Thanksgiving.
That's because the Sons of American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, and the borough's food pantry have teamed up again this year to help families in need celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 25.
On Monday evening, officers of the SAL presented Rose Marie Armon, director of the Summit Hill Food Pantry, with a check for $2,000 to offset the cost of purchasing 135 frozen turkeys for the holiday.
Armon said the money will help cover the cost of the frozen birds, as well as offset some of the costs for stuffing and other extras that are usually found on the Thanksgiving menu.
"This will take care of a lot," Armon said of the donation. "We're so thrilled with what this group is doing for us."
She noted that the Sons have been donating money for frozen turkeys on Thanksgiving since before she became director in 1997.
Last year, the group gave $1,600 to the pantry to cover the cost of 130 turkeys.
Joe Zubek, SAL finance officer, said the donation is the organization's annual community project.
"We do this every year because we know there are people in our community who would not have a Thanksgiving meal on their table otherwise," Zubek said. "This is our way of helping those in need."
"We're glad to be able to help during these hard economic times," added Stan Karnish, commander of the SAL.
To raise the money for this donation, the group holds fundraisers throughout the year.
When the Thanksgiving program began over 13 years ago, 55 families received food packages for Thanksgiving. Now, it has grown to over 135 families.
The Summit Hill Food Pantry is a division of Shepherd House, an entity that contracts with government agencies to receive state and federal funding to help the needy. It provides some nonperishable food items, but the majority of food distributed in the borough is donated by Summit Hill residents.
The volunteers at the pantry are thankful for the generosity of the churches and organizations in the Summit Hill community because each group has donated either food, money or time to help feed families in need over the years.
Anyone interested in donating food items or money to the Summit Hill Food Pantry or becoming involved with the group, should contact Armon at (570) 645-3604, or Sandra Hill, (570) 645-4617.