SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – On November 16, Goodwill Ambassadors – community members who volunteer in support of Goodwill’s work throughout the area – from the First United Methodist Church of Sarasota donated 30 turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets to clients of Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program. These items were provided so that area veterans could enjoy a delicious holiday meal with their families.
In all, 30 veterans – 15 from Manatee County and 15 from Sarasota County – collected the turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets from the Goodwill Veterans Services Program offices on Lockwood Ridge Road.
“It is hard to imagine how devastating this time of year can for those who can’t afford the elaborate Thanksgiving meal that many of us might take for granted,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Our dedicated Veterans Services Program staff works hard each and every day to make sure our veterans get the help they need to provide for their families. We are thankful for partners like our friends at the First United Methodist Church of Sarasota for helping us give back in such a meaningful way. We would like to wish all of our veterans, Ambassadors, and community members a very happy Thanksgiving.”
“There is much to learn about service and sacrifice from our veterans,” said Rev. Dr. Samuel Wright of First United Methodist Church. “First Church’s Thanksgiving focus to serve God while sacrificially serving others in our community brought us to this unique opportunity to show our gratitude to both our veterans and our community partners at Goodwill.”
This is the third year that Goodwill has partnered with the First United Methodist Church to distribute turkeys, holiday gifts, and Thanksgiving baskets. For more information on how to help the veterans in our community, visit experiencegoodwill.org/veterans or call Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program at (941) 355-2721, ext. 451.
PHOTO ID: (From l-r) Leonard Snyder, Goodwill Manasota director of the Veterans Services Program C.J. Bannister, Kevin Callans, Peggy Hite, Mike Marzella, Donna Maynard, Tom Pruitt, Veterans Services Program advisor Edwin Robinson, and Don Johnson, Sr. during the turkey distribution
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.