Time to Share in the Thanksgiving spirit

MILFORD – Families from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Ore., will be enjoying a Thanksgiving feast in a few weeks.

Not every family, though. There are people who’ll have trouble com­ing up with $50, consid­ered the average price of a traditional holiday meal.

But in Amherst, Brook­line, Milford and Mont Vernon, they can go to Share Outreach, which provided turkey and all the trimmings to 345 fami­lies last year. And not just at Thanksgiving, but at Christmas, as well.

On Nov. 23 and 24 ,vol­unteers will be filling Thanksgiving baskets at the Share building off Elm Street, and they need these items: stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables (corn, green beans), white cake mixes and frosting, pie crust, canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, evapo­rated milk, instant pota­toes, chicken broth, apple juice (no glass), whole chickens and, of course, turkeys.

The Share Holiday Pro­gram will also be looking for holiday gifts in Decem­ber.

Families, book groups, friends, coworkers and in­dividuals can adopt fami­lies, and the program typi­cally helps 180 families, with children ages 16 and younger. Share will pro­vide information about the family members as guidelines forappropriate gifts. Gift cards, monetary donations and volunteers are also welcome.

To donate or for more information, call 673-9898, visit www.sharenh.org or email holiday@sharenh. org. No donation is too small.

Donations may be dropped off at the Share Center at 1 Columbus Ave. in Milford (behind 70 Elm St., Federated Auto Parts) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or call ahead for a more con­venient time.

Market Basket and Shaw’s supermarkets both have collection barrels for Share this year.