Choptank Transport 'pays it forward' with Thanksgiving-week donation deliveries
Employees at Choptank Transport spent the week of Thanksgiving collecting, assembling and delivering holiday dinners to approximately 300 families in need in the tri-county area.
The giving began on Monday, November 21st with Choptank’s first delivery to St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charity in Easton, MD. St. Vincent de Paul partners with six other organizations to help put food on the tables of those who otherwise would have none.
On November 22nd, Choptank Transport loaded up the company van (affectionately known as the “Chopvan”) with another delivery of Thanksgiving dinners. The destination for this donation was the Salvation Army in Cambridge, MD.
"Thanks to the donation from our friends at Choptank Transport we were able to make some phone calls to registrants that had not already been chosen to receive a Thanksgiving box to let them know we were going to be able to provide them with one,” said Captain Aaron Abram, Corps Officer at the Salvation Army.
“I remember one mother who showed up with her two preschool-aged children. She was in tears as she was thanking us for the food. She said she was not sure what she was going to do for Thanksgiving dinner because she had no family in the area and she had recently lost her job because of spending time in the hospital with her sick child. Those are the families that make the craziness of the day worth it. We couldn't have done it without the generous donation of food from Choptank," he added.
The Preston-based company delivered another van full of dinners to the Talbot County Neighborhood Service Center in Easton, MD on November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving. The Center's Executive Director Marilyn Neal was pleased to have the extra help.
“Our agency had a goal to serve 290 families during this season; with your [Choptank's] help we not only met our goal but we were able to surpass it! Many thanks to Choptank for their support during the Thanksgiving holiday,” she said.
“This has become an annual event for us,” said Geoff Turner, President and CEO at Choptank. “I am thankful to our generous employees and customers who enabled us to support so many in our community.”