In what has become a seasonal tradition, Ocean Pines staff members have ensured that area families and individuals will receive a nourishing meal this holiday, complete with turkey and the requisite trimmings.
For the past several years, Association employees have participated in Worcester County GOLD (Giving Other Lives Dignity)’s “Helping Hands for the Holidays” program, which provides food as well as gifts and clothing for area residents in need.
This year, Ocean Pines staff donated and delivered baskets full of food to 10 local households. Each basket also included a special homemade touch – a pumpkin cake roll baked by Ocean Pines resident Cathy Gallagher.
Ocean Pines Executive Secretary Michelle Bennett, who coordinated the food collection and delivery this year, said “staff jumped at the chance to support the cause.”
“I am proud of our employees coming together as a team to provide holiday meals to those less fortunate,” she said. “The recipients were beyond thankful.”
Brittany Jarman, a recreation program supervisor with the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department who helped deliver the baskets, this year witnessed that gratitude for the first time.
“The experience of delivering was very heartwarming. All of the recipients were so appreciative of the goodies all the employees donated and it provided me with a new meaning to the season of giving,” she said.
Bennett echoed Jarman’s sentiments that the employees who made donations got as much as or more than those who received them.
“I am blessed to have played a small part in this awesome program,” she said. “I look forward to continuing this tradition in the future!”
Worcester County GOLD, Inc. improves the quality of life of local citizens for whom traditional means of well-being support is not fully available.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, it promotes dignity by providing financial aid for families in crisis, vulnerable adults and children in foster care.