Friday morning at 4:35 a.m., I was reading through The Standard-Times when a story by Jennette Barnes titled "Salvation Army Short 100 Turkeys for Thanksgiving" caught my attention.

It's a bit unusual not to have enough turkeys by this time, because in years past, the Salvation Army would have all the 400 Thanksgiving food baskets ready to go by now.

So, interspersed between the morning headlines, phone calls, weather and local events, I mentioned Jennette's article and the need for the turkeys. I've known how generous our community is from hosting so many telethons and fundraisers, and it was about to happen again.

When I got off the air, Raymond Canastra, co-owner of the fish auction house BASE dropped by the radio station to say it would be their pleasure to provide the 100 turkeys.

And that's what makes our community closer. I call it symbiosis. It's a word that means synergy, that means team effort.

Here's wishing you and all your loved ones a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.


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