Letter to the Editor: A Thanksgiving Thank You

The following Letter to the Editor was sent in by It Starts With Me! President Melanie McKinnon.

To the Editor:

On behalf of It Starts With ME!, a big thank you to everyone who helped make the 5th Annual Turkey Drive a huge success!  This year with help from family, friends, strangers, volunteers and sponsors we were able to provide 81 Thanksgiving meals to families and veterans on the North Shore.

Our 5th year was our most successful turkey drive to date!  In total, we fed 405 people as well as provided 15 boxes and 5 bags of food to local shelters.  It was great to see people from all over  along with  their friends, families, student-athletes and coworkers, come together to help those in need.  While the list of those who contributed is too many to name, donations ranged from fresh produce from local farms, friends and members of the community dropping off food to the local drop off centers, and even donations from as far away as California.

A special thank you to Anthony Carnevale and his employees at Salem Liquors, for the use of his business to store the turkeys and to serve as a drop off location.  Additionally, thank you to Salem Odd Fellows for sponsoring our event for the 2nd year.  Thanks to our many community volunteers including Thomas McKinnon, Liz McKinnon, Katie Nieves, Brian Parsons, Sean Parsons, Lauren Jones, Susan Hanson, Sue Sironi, Alex McKinnon, Billy McKinnon, Michelle Archambault, Rachel McCabe, Stephanie Lausier and Jeff Lausier.  Thank you to the many people who involved their organizations including; coach Adrianna Noya and her Peabody High School cheerleading squad, Erin Ford and her coworkers at Mary Kay, Jennifer Bertelli and her coworkers at Eliza Corp., Melissa St. Pierre and her students at Salem High School and Matt Viel and his friend Dominic Cavallaro III at John Cerasuolo, Inc.    

Thanks to all who made the 5th Annual Turkey Drive a great success and I hope for another successful year in 2013!

Melanie M. McKinnon


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