MANCHESTER (December 19, 2007) – The New Horizons Food Pantry has received a commitment from two city benefactors to meet the shelter’s call for 520 turkeys by Christmas. To honor their generosity, New Horizons and Mayor Frank Guinta will be holding a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2007, the New Horizons Soup Kitchen; 199 Manchester St.; Manchester.
In attendance will be Mayor Guinta, New Horizons Executive Director Fred Robinson; Dr. Adam Salem, a dentist on South Main Street and Peter Ramsey; executive director of the Palace Theatre. Dr. Salem is donating 500 turkeys to New Horizons and Ramsey is e-mailing ticket holders for the Theatre’s three performances of “A Christmas Carol” on Friday and Saturday. Their goal is to collect 200 turkeys and various other goods that are needed this holiday season.
On Monday, Mayor Guinta challenged all Manchester residents and businesses to donate a turkey to the New Horizons Food Pantry, which was facing a critical shortage this holiday season.
The example that Dr. Salem and the Palace Theatre has set is an incredible and important one,” Guinta said. “When they found out that the people who rely on New Horizons were in need, they didn’t hesitate to act. Their efforts in support of the food pantry are worth celebrating.”
“We are very grateful for the support of people like Mayor Guinta, Dr. Salem, the countless generous people who responded so quickly to our plea for help and to the Palace Theatre for reaching out to their wide audience,” Robinson said. “A very nice Christmas dinner will now be possible for more than 900 Manchester families who are facing very difficult times.”
While the turkeys have been collected, there is still a need for: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruits, baked beans, canned tomatoes, pasta and sauce, diapers and baby food.
All donations can be dropped off at the New Horizons Food Pantry;
199 Manchester St.
The facility is capable of accepting donations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached at (603) 668-1877.