LEOMINSTER – A community effort focused on Thanksgiving is currently underway in the city as individuals and organizations, such as local business Get Rightt Fitness, continue donating funds and collecting nonperishable food items for Ginny’s Helping Hand.
Get Righttt Fitness co-owner Jarell Addo said they have raised over $100 so far towards the $500 donation goal to benefit the nonprofit organization. They have a box already filled to the brim with nonperishable food items and will be adding another box to keep the collection going.
Addo said that “a great handful of our members have been those that have donated thus far” and said that people are welcome to come by the gym located at 511 Lancaster St. in Leominster that he runs along with his two brothers to drop off food or monetary donations.
“We believe it’s very important to us as a small business to donate and give back because we as small businesses understand the value of help and support from others,” he said. “We all started at day one and know how crucial the help we received from others was to get us to where we are today. With that in mind, we believe it’s imperative to return the favor if we’re capable of doing so. It’s all love that’s being recycled.”
Ginny’s Executive Director Brandon Robbins said they picked up a “massive food drive” collection from Fall Brook Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon and that they are in the process of preparing for their annual Holiday Food Basket Distribution, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 52 Mechanic St. food pantry.
“We have over 400 families signed up for a basket that will contain all of the fixings for a delicious holiday meal,” he said. “This has been supported by numerous organizations, businesses, and private donors.”
Robbins went on to say that they are “profoundly grateful for the overwhelming support from our local business community this holiday season.”
“Generous contributions, such as the one from Get Righttt, are instrumental in empowering Team Ginny’s to extend a warm holiday meal to hundreds of families in need throughout North Central Massachusetts. Every donation made this holiday season is a catalyst for positive change, assuring donors that their kindness is creating a ripple effect—ensuring that as one family gathers around a festive table, another, thanks to their impact, is experiencing the joy of a shared holiday meal. Together, we weave a tapestry of compassion, making the season brighter for all.”