Once again Queen of Peace Residence was ready for the annual Turkey and Ham Drop: laundry carts (to transport the birds to the freezers), peppermint hot chocolate, hot apple cider, homemade cookies, and volunteers with smiling faces were awaiting those generous donors who drove to the front entrance to give hams and turkeys.
The Sisters were a bit concerned to see the morning rain and wondered if people would venture out. But as the sun appeared so did our generous benefactors. We collected over 150 turkeys and more than 70 hams, enough to carry us through the summer months. What a great sight to see young and old, in cars and trucks and vans bringing the much-needed staple food to our home. Some were longtime volunteers. Some were family members of current or previous Residents. Others were eager to teach their children about generous giving. The Girl Scouts troop from St. Kevin’s in Flushing collected several turkeys and came dressed in their uniforms to present their gifts. Another local Long Island businessman posted a sign in his company window, “take up a collection on behalf of the Little Sisters.” He came with a van filled with gifts and even posted a sign on his rear window: Turkey Drop for the Little Sisters of the Poor. One volunteer commented: “This really shows how much people care for the Little Sisters and their mission.”
We pray for all our benefactors every day, and especially for those who helped us on a rather chilly November Saturday!
During this season of Thanksgiving, we pray that God blesses each one of you with abundance!