For the past two years, the Gleason Family YMCA in Wareham has served up 225 turkey dinner supply kits to families in the community leading up to Thanksgiving, thanks to a generous community sponsor.

This year, however, the company who led the charge in supporting this effort will no longer be involved, leaving a waiting list of families who are not guaranteed food for the holiday. YMCA has all of the fixin's figured out; the turkeys are the only missing ingredient.

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It is a real community effort with Sharing the Harvest Community Farm (In Dartmouth) donating some fresh produce, area organizations donating the various components and then a big group of volunteers pack the boxes and manage pick-up by area families. - Kate Levin, YMCA

The hard cost is roughly $25 per turkey dinner, and so far they've raised $1,000 towards their $5,000 goal. The staff at the Gleason Family YMCA is hoping that the community will come together to help raise the other $4,000 in time.

To make a donation, contact Gleason YMCA's Senior Executive Director Debbie Fringuelli at or by phone at (508) 295-9622 x 13.

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