Return to current year’s Special Dinners page.
Holiday Dinners Outreach Program 2020
Thanks to Sondra Zalewski, Karen Seifert and Laura Pratt for coordinating this event. A great ending to 2020! Questions should be sent to email@example.com.
Thanksgiving Outreach 2020
Plans for this year’s T&E Care Thanksgiving Outreach are all finished and the dinners have been delivered! It was a huge success thanks to all those who donated so we could buy the ten families being supported full dinners plus lots of extra food! Special thanks as always to our friends at St. Luke Church for hosting the collection, and to the Amana Foundation for once again supplying bags and bags of fresh produce to include with the goodies. Such a huge difference that makes! Home Cooked (Paoli) gave us a nice discount on the dinner food which helped us stretch our dollars to get even more! And Sweet Jazmines (Berwyn) baked the pies for everyone. We’ve already heard from a few of the recipients, who said:
- The food was AMAZING !! Thank you so much!! We all had plenty to eat, and many leftovers. Everything was delicious! Thank you again so much for all of the generosity; and help this holiday season. I hope you had a nice holiday as well!
- Let me first say that on behalf of my family I would like to thank T&E Care for all they do in the community and especially this year for my family and I. I know I will be in a better place one day and my family and I cannot wait to be able to give back. The Thanksgiving dinner provision was such a life changer and we appreciate that a lot.
We missed spending the morning in the kitchen at St. Luke’s “home cooking” meals for our families and meeting all our donors as they drop off dozens of bags of groceries – but – this year’s outreach still provided a new and unique opportunity for donors to directly sponsor a T&E Care family for Thanksgiving, and for the families to still have the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving in a special way.
Thanks to Cindy Gilroy, Danyll Lockett, and Laura Pratt for coordinating this event. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. So many thanks!
Holiday Food Drive 2019 – awesome!
Again this holiday season we supported ten local families with lots of food for their special holiday dinners. We collected food for the drive on Thursday, December 19 (4:30 to 7:30) and Friday, December 20 (9 to noon) at St. Luke Lutheran Church (203 N. Valley Forge Rd, Devon). Then the food went out for distribution. Everyone was so very appreciative! Thanks to Sondra Zalewski, Karen Seifert, and Laura Pratt for their efforts coordinating this important program and MANY thanks to all who donated food for the event. A special shout out again to the Amana Foundation for contributing many many bags of fresh produce for these 10 families. It’s an amazing partnership!
One mom said after she received her food: I’m am in complete awe and full of tears as I put all of these delicious goodies away!! Your generosity helps so much.
Contact us with any questions – email@example.com.
Thanksgiving Dinners 2019 – we cooked again!
Again this year, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 27), T&E Care volunteers prepared Thanksgiving dinners for ten local families. These are families who really struggle and we like to help them know that they can be thankful they live in T/E!! We have often received some of the most heartfelt thanks due to this program, so it really does touch home. Thanks again to St. Luke Lutheran Church for hosting this event – what a wonderful partner on this project! Thanks to Cindy Gilroy, Danyll Lockett, and Laura Pratt for again working to coordinate this program.
Many thanks to the Amana Foundation for their amazing help with produce bags, and to everyone who cooked and/or donated to make this all come together! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Holiday dinners 2018 – a great success
Once again this holiday season we supported ten local families with special holiday dinners. We collected the food on December 19-20 at St. Luke Church in Devon, and delivered it to the families on the 20th. Thanks to the many folks who donated the food needed to make these special dinners. Thanks to chairs Sondra Zalewski and Donna Costin, along with Laura Pratt, for organizing this event. Thanks to St. Luke Lutheran Church for hosting this event as well as the Thanksgiving dinner, and once again a special thanks to the Amana Foundation – for pledging to deliver bags of fresh produce, for EACH family. This is an amazing organization of very caring people! And a special shout out to the 4th graders in Mrs. Thompson’s 4th grade class at BES that made great holiday cards to accompany these donations.
Contact us with any questions – email@example.com.
Thanksgiving Dinners 2018 – another success
Again this year, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 21), T&E Care volunteers donated the food for and cooked Thanksgiving dinners for ten local families. These are families who really struggle and we like to help them know that they can be thankful they live in T/E!! We have often received some of the most heartfelt thanks due to this program, so it really does touch home. Thanks again to St. Luke Lutheran Church for hosting this event – what a wonderful partner on this project! Thanks to Cindy Gilroy, Danyll Lockett, and Laura Pratt for again working to coordinate this program. VERY special thanks once again to the Amana Foundation – for delivering bags of fresh produce for EACH family. Clearly they understand the value of neighbors helping neighbors. And a special shout out to the 4th graders in Mrs. Thompson’s 4th grade class at BES that made great holiday cards to accompany these donations.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Thanksgiving and Holiday Dinners 2017 – the results
Again this year, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, T&E Care volunteers cooked Thanksgiving dinners for ten local families. These are folks who really struggle and we like to help them know that they can be thankful they live in T/E!! We have often received some of the most heartfelt thanks due to this program, so it really does touch home. Thanks to St. Luke Lutheran Church for hosting this event – what a wonderful partner on this project! Thanks to Cindy Gilroy, Danyll Lockett, and Laura Pratt for again working to coordinate this program. And special thanks to all those who donated food for the program – the results were amazing. VERY special thanks once again to the Hayden family – who baked dozens of pumpkin cookies for the families, and to the Amana Foundation – for delivering bags and bags of fresh produce, for EACH family. Clearly they understand the value of neighbors helping neighbors. (See pictures below.) Please contact us at email@example.com with questions.
Just like at Thanksgiving time we supported ten local families with special dinners at the holidays. We collected the food on December 21 and 22 at St. Luke Church in Devon. LOTS of folks helped by providing the necessary food to make these dinners extra special.
THANKS to Jen Bracco for coordinating the drive and to Laura Pratt for again working to determine the families being assisted! Extra special thanks to the folks at the Amana Foundation for once again providing bags and bags of fresh produce – the most important part of the dinner items! And of course, thanks again to St. Luke for opening its doors to this project for us! Contact us with any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANKSGIVING DINNER PICTURES – such generosity, such fun!
Thanksgiving Dinner 2016
Thanks to Cindy Gilroy, Danyll Lockett, and Laura Pratt for again working to coordinate this program. Please contact us at email@example.com with questions.
Holiday Dinner Program 2016
Our December Holiday Dinner program was held on Tuesday, December 20. Thanks to Jan Bookwalter, Tammy Small, and Laura Pratt for coordinating this program, and to all the amazing folks who donated the items needed to complete 10 total dinners (plus extra stuff) for local families. The sign-ups for the food took place on Sign-up Genius. Thanks again for all your support! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thanksgiving Dinners 2015
Special thanks as always to groups helping out:
- The Amana Foundation will again provide much of the fresh vegetables.
- The Lockett kids are making banana bread for each family.
- The Hayden family is making pumpkin cookies for each familiy
Dinners 2015 Another success!
Thanksgiving Dinners 2014
Holiday Dinners 2014
Thanksgiving and Holiday Dinner Programs 2013
Each year T&E Care volunteers help to provide dinners at both Thanksgiving and Christmas for 8 local families (8 families for each of the holidays). Each family receives the food needed for a complete holiday meal, plus a few extra bags of fresh produce, basic staples, and other special goodies. We thank those who offer to help each year to make this special event happen!
- Dinner was cooked on Wednesday, November 27 at The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli, from 10-1. Thanks Art for sharing his facility with us again this year! We ended up supporting 9 families this year!
- Thanks to the Amana Foundation for providing 8 bags of fresh produce for these dinners, and to the Hayden Family for baking 8 pies! Thanks to the many others who provided turkeys, and/or bags of staples and other special treats.
- Thanks to Cindy Gilroy for organizing this event, and to all those who gave up time at a busy time of year to help with the cooking and delivering of food; and to Laura Pratt for organizing the specific family needs.
Here is the short story and note of thanks from one family who came to pick up their dinner supplies:
A lovely older woman came with her grown son to pick up their family meal. As we carried their bags to the car, she shared her current struggles in the midst of a very difficult divorce. “He’s taking everything I had; I don’t even own the clothes on my back”, she said. But she has her kids and today, thanks to you, they are sharing a beautiful Thanksgiving meal. For this one day, her life is okay because you gave an hour or a turkey or a bag of food or a pie.
For more amazing thank you notes – go to our Wall of Care page!
- Food was collected on December 20 and distributed that same day to 10 local families. We expected to just help 8 families, but so much food was donated we had enough for 2 additional families.
- Special thanks to Melanie Branish and Tammy Small for jumping in and running this event extremely efficiently! A huge thank you as well to Laura Pratt for organizing the families receiving the support.
- Thanks to all those who made donations of hams/turkeys, special food for the dinner itself, extra food to help fill the cupboards, extra veggetables and fruits, and special home-made desserts. And to those who helped with the deliveries. We couldn’t have done it without you!
- Thanks to the Hillside Daisy Troop #4323 for putting together 8 special breakfasts!
- Thanks to the Valley Forge Cadette Troop #479 for putting together 4 extra bags of food.
- Thanks once again to the Amana Foundation for providing many many bags of fresh produce for these dinners (as well as for the Thanksgiving dinners)!
- Questions can be sent to email@example.com.
Two of the families receiving this dinner sent the following thank you notes:
I just received a wonderful Christmas dinner from your volunteers! That would not have been possible, were it not for the generosity of the good people at T&E Care. Thank you for all you have done and are doing in the community. Your generosity has made a profound difference to many families on the Main Line, particularly, my family. In short, thank you for helping my family during the holiday season!
Last Friday, I picked up the generous holiday donation of healthy and fresh food that was so kindly donated to my daughter and I. The amount of fresh and nutritious food was more than plentiful. In the true holiday spirit, I decided to invite my two elderly neighbors who had no one to spend the holidays with over for holiday brunch (thanks to all the breakfast goodies) and dinner. With the leftovers, I was able to make dinner for several nights for my family as well as my lovely two neighbors. The fresh veggies and fruit were incredibly fresh and such a treat for my daughter and I. Living on a tight budget it is difficult to incorporate fresh veggies and fruit all the time. It is essential our youngsters understand and learn healthy eating habits. My daughter just realized she enjoys cauliflower and zucchini which were provided to us. Again you and TE cares not only made my daughter and my holiday wonderful but my neighbors as well. It was a joyous holiday for all of us! I am so grateful I was able to share your generosity with some others who would not have the company and wonderful meal. Meet Christmas and happy new year.
Thanksgiving Dinners 2012
Again this year T&E Care prepared Thanksgiving dinners for local families at The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli. The plan was to help out 8 local families, but due to last minute emergency requests, we ended up giving dinners to 11 local families! Thanks to Cindy Gilroy and Danyll Lockett for overseeing this special event, and of course our special thanks to Art Roman at the Kitchen Workshop for organizing the cooking. The Hayden family (over 500 cookies and tons of pies!!) and The Amana Foundation (bags of fresh produce for EVERY family) also deserve a huge shout out! And of course – many thanks to all those who shopped, baked, cooked, sorted, and/or delivered the special meals. Below are some thank you notes from some of the families we supported. It’s clear that this assistance is very much appreciated!
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful Thanksgiving. Due to your generosity and help, we were able to provide for our family and extended family this season (7 of us!). Once again, you blew me away. We had tons of food, both prepared and unprepared. On top of that, we had three bags of fresh produce! Being on a extremely tight food budget, it is hard to purchase fresh ingredients for my family. This was a great treat! Thank you TE Cares, Art and all the hands that went into this project!
I’d like to show my gratitude for all you have done for my family, in particularly this past Thanksgiving holiday. It was such a pleasant surprise walking in the house and seeing all the food in the doorway! It’s amazing what you guys do for us! Thanks you so much! P.s the pumpkin cookies are amazing!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, the cooking club and the Hayden family for the Thanksgiving dinner and drop off. It was such a wonderful meal- complete with two types of dessert! To still be able to have a turkey with all the trimmings when we probably would have gone without- meant a lot to my family. Since my husband has been working only a few days a week for the last month and money has been very tight- we were especially thankful for this.
In addition to those folks mentioned above, our special thanks to those families who helped out: The Bird’s, the Marinakos’, the Mintz’s, the Stevenson’s, the Emel’s, the Maynard’s, the Fratamico’s, the Lawton’s, the Pratt’s, the Bauman’s, the Ladden’s, the Kleppe’s, the Hay’s, the Becket’s, the Gallen’s, the Sajed’s, the Fialko’s, the Reardon’s, the McGillis’, the Ward’s, the Bundage’s, Kim Smeadly from the Paoli Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, and Dee Bilotta and Vince Caprio of Our Lady of Assumption Church. What an incredible team effort! (We regret any omissions – if you offered help and are not listed here – please say so and we’ll add you on!)
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Dinners 2012 – the results
Again this year T&E Care gathered food for 8 local families for holiday dinners. These dinners are not cooked – we just gathered the items that would be good for a dinner or two (with a few extras) around the holidays. Many many thanks to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Devon for letting us borrow the space to collect and sort the food items. Special thanks to all those who donated food for the dinners and delivered the dinners. Special thanks once again to the students of the Amana Foundation (headed by CHS senior Ibrahim Souadda) that collect bags and bags of fresh produce for EACH of the 8 families we supported. And extra special thanks to Aimee Ducasse and Jim Battista, and their daughters Jen and Erica, for coordinating this effort. They did a great job and we were thrilled to have them on board with our organization. If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Below is the summary from Aimee Ducasse related to the results of the event. You can see that these 8 families were really given a special treat!
A huge thanks to Amana Foundation who donated 3 bags of fresh produce for EACH family. All came packaged in re-usable whole foods bags, included were 2 banana bunches, bags of apples, oranges and pears, 2 packs of carrots, bags of onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and zucchini, spinach, two lettuce heads, broccoli, cauliflower and celery for each family. WOW!!! Also, the Sugarman family donated an abundance of groceries and hams for 4 families. We had a total of 9 hams so we gave the largest family 2 hams. Each family received 4 bags of groceries along with the 3 bags of fresh produce. We had no shortage of desserts and every family received multiple desserts. In addition to donating food items, Molly DeSantis donated 2 $50 Wegman’s gift cards. We gave one of these to two of the families. We made that decision because when we called each family to confirm delivery, both of these women cried on the phone.
A special thank you to Allen Benner-Smith at St. Luke who made room in the church refrigerator and gave us a great space to work in to collect and organize the donations. He even provided holiday music and wireless access so I could keep the Google document updated. Also, a big thank you to Megan Robinson and her son, Jacob, for donating food and handling the Thursday shift from 4-6 pm at St Luke’s to collect donations. She emailed me a list of all donors and their respective donations which was a big help. Others to thank include Carol Tompkins, Margot McGinley, Jodi Monster, Tammy Small, Angela Lawton, MaryAnn Kotzer, Pat Ellen Corr, and Elisabeth Sajed. We can’t thank enough all of the people who contributed to making this event a success including everyone involved with T&E Care.
Below are a few thanks notes from families we supported. Below that are pictures from the collection day – you can see the volume of items included for each family.
To the T/E Cares Community: Just a note to let you know how very grateful we are for all your group has done for our family. Words can not express how thankful we are for your generous support and care for our family. Please know all the things you have helped us with has not gone unnoticed! Our hearts are full with thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Dinners 2011
Again this year T&E Care provided Thanksgiving dinners to 8 local families. These meals were made at The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. These dinners were again a HUGE hit! Comments from families receiving the dinners include:
I wanted to say thank you from my children and I for the absolutely delicious Thanksgiving dinner and additional groceries. We are extremely grateful. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wish you a very Merry Christmas.
We are totally blown away! Thank you to you and EVERY volunteer that made this Thanksgiving so special!!! We were not expecting half of what we received. And the real kicker was that most of Thanksgiving dinner was prepared. Ah, so thankful! 🙂 Additionally, the extra food and goodies were a huge blessing. I lost track when I was able to squeeze fresh produce into our budget. What a special treat. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
OMG! Thanks so much for the dinner. It was so much I was able to share it with a neighbor!! You have been such a great help to my family and I that I cannot thank you with words.
Words alone can not express the amazement on our faces when we saw all of that wonderful thanksgiving food that was delivered to us. We truly were shocked at the amount and the love that was put into it. We had a wonderful thanksgiving thanks to you and your group. Thank you so much for your constant care and concern to our family alone! we truly appreciate it! thank you 🙂 I hope you had a nice thanksgiving as well. All my love to you and your group.
I wanted to send thanks on behalf of my kids and myself for the most wonderful and generous food gift we received from you , Art, and kind people in our locality. I was grateful not only for the items to make a full Thanksgiving meal but also other items which made many other meals. The children in particular enjoyed the cheese and fruit, and I was so happy to receive extras like butter and coffee. It was a lovely day – we ate, went for a walk and had a nice relaxing time. It helped to take the sting out of the fact we had to give up my daughter’s car the following day. I am also pleased to report that I have, as of today, been able to get a temporary seasonal job for a few weeks at one of the stores at the mall. It does not pay at all well but it is better than no job , while I continue to try and get a position in my skill, and will help keep the wolves from the door. I start with orientation tomorrow morning. Many many thanks to all.
Thanks again to Art Roman of The Kitchen Workshop for providing much of the food needed for the dinner, and to the students from the Amana Foundation who donated the much needed fresh produce. Our Lady of The Assumption Church (Strafford) donated turkeys. Our friends at Johnson Matthey (Wayne) donated the funds to buy some of the needed extra food. And the Haydens provided all the pies! Special thanks to all those who came to the event to help with the cooking, to those who dropped off extra food, and to those who delivered some of the dinners. And VERY special thanks to Cindy Gilroy for coordinating the event! Another fabulous team effort! (Pictures of the volunteers working can be found here.)
Holiday Dinners 2011
We will provided dinners for another 13 families at Christmas time. The first 8 families received their dinners (and lots of extra food) on Dec. 22. The rest got theirs on Christmas Eve. We’ve heard many thankful comments from those who received the food so far. Thanks again to Amy Ard, the Amana Foundation, the folks in the finance department at AMG (Advanced Metallurgical Group) in Wayne, Art Roman (Kitchen Workshop again!), the Bird family and the Hay family for their special assistance with these dinners! Questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanksgiving Dinners 2010 – Thanks for your help!
Again this year, in conjunction with The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli, T&E Care volunteers made Thanksgiving dinners for 8 local families. In addition to the normal Thanksgiving foods – we gave each family bags of fresh produce and other fresh foods. MANY MANY THANKS to all those who donated turkeys, other food items, and most of all …. time!! Special appreciation to Cindy Gilroy for organizing the event, to Art Roman (The Kitchen Workshop) for hosting the event, to Johnson Matthey for donating the money to cover the costs of the dinner foods, and to the Amana Foundation for all the extra produce they collected for this event.
Thanks to all for helping to make the Thanksgiving holiday a special one for some local families!!
One of the families that received the dinners sent this email:
First let me thank you and all involved for providing such a bounty of food and produce for Thanksgiving. We all had a lovely meal, and several more. Tis greatly appreciated. I shall send Art (at The Kitchen Workshop) a thank you note for his kindness also.
Special Holiday Dinners for Local Families
On December 21, 2011 we delivered holiday dinners for 10 local families. The amount of fresh foods that was included in each delivery was staggering. Each family will really have a special meal (and a few other meals!) this holiday season. Many many thanks to those who donated the turkeys and hams, the fresh foods, the holiday pies, and the homemade cookies. A special shout-out again to the kids from the Amana Foundation, which provided the fresh fruits and vegetables – two huge bags per family (they did the same for the Thanksgiving meals)! Thanks also to those who took the time to sort and/or deliver the foods to the families. And finally a special thanks to Amy Ard for coordinating the drive, and to the finance department at AMG (Advanced Metallurgical Group) in Wayne for hosting the event. Once again – a team effort for sure – with incredible results!
The mission of T&E Care is to maintain a network of people providing financial and other material assistance to persons in need in and around the Tredyffrin and Easttown township areas.
T&E Care is an IRS recognized non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. The official registration and financial information of Tredyffrin & Easttown Care may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.