Donations sought for holiday event

Harbor Homes’ annual Thanksgiving event to feed homeless and needy is short of supplies

Telegraph file photo A volunteer server fills a guest's plate with turkey and stuffing at last year's Harbor Homes Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

NASHUA – From food and drinks to heavy-duty paper plates and plastic utensils, Harbor Homes could really use them as organizers ramp up preparations for the agency’s 18th annual Commuity Thanksgiving Dinner.

A pre-Thanksgiving tradition that began small but soon swelled to an average attendance of 350 guests, the dinner takes place this year on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at its 45 High St. headquarters.

Harbor Homes, the flagship of the multi-agency Partnership for Successful Living, hosts the event primarily for “anyone in the community who is living on the streets, in a shelter, who is couch surfing, or just might be down on his or her luck.”

Dignitaries ranging from the agency’s own longtime CEO Peter Kelleher to community leaders, business partners and local and state office-holders are frequent visitors each year, some of whom even take a turn working the serving line.

The menu for the day is highlighted, of course, by roasted turkey, surrounded by all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings. Various desserts are also served along with water and soft drinks.

There will be live music throughout, and Harbor Homes officials will offer a brief welcome.

To assure there’s enough of everything to go around, organizers are currently asking for the following.

– Food: Jars or cans of gravy; canned corn and green beans, cranberry sauce.

– Drinks: Bottled water, juice boxes, apple cider.

– Accessories: Heavy-duty paper plates, napkins, and plastic forks, knives and spoons.

Monetary donations are also welcome.

Anyone wishing to donate food or accessories or make a monetary donation can contact Carolyn McLaughlin at Harbor Homes, 882-3616, Ext. 1169, or

Items can also be dropped off at Harbor Homes business offices, 77 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, during regular business hours.

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“The Partnership for Successful Living greatly appreciates in-kind and monetary donations,” McLaughlin said. The gathering, she added, “is made possible by the generous support and heartwarming volunteer effort received by area businesses” and individuals.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.