The employees at Choptank Transport in Preston, Maryland, were busy last week collecting, assembling and delivering holiday dinners for three local charitable organizations providing roasters and other traditional Thanksgiving dinner favorites to families in need in the tri-county area.
The first donations were delivered to St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charity in Easton, Maryland, where a group of Choptank employees and the CEO handed out large roasters, along with other food pantry accoutrement such as stuffing and cranberry sauce. St. Vincent de Paul partners with six other organizations to help put food on the tables of those who otherwise would have none. Kathy Weaver, the food pantry’s director, said, “Choptank’s help with the donation of 125 roasters is a huge bonus and allowed us to provide for over 200 local families in need.”
Several days later, Choptank packed up the company van with two more deliveries of full Thanksgiving dinners destined for the Salvation Army in Cambridge, Maryland, and the Neighborhood Service Center in Easton. Collectively, Choptank delivered more than two-hundred and fifty dinners to the community.
Marilyn Neal, the executive director of Easton’s Neighborhood Service Center was pleased to accept the donations and explained, “Choptank’s donation of sixty-four dinners increased the total served by the Neighborhood Service Center to three hundred and eight families. Many thanks to businesses like Choptank Transport.”
"People were lined up early for the Thanksgiving dinners generously prepared by the Choptank Transport team. More than four-hundred and twenty-seven people were served,” said Natalie Ruark, the director of finance at the Salvation Army. “Partners like Choptank Transport helped The Salvation Army reach out to an additional sixty-two families during the Thanksgiving holiday.
“This has become one of my favorite times of the year,” said Geoff Turner, President and CEO at Choptank. “It’s an annual event for us and I am grateful to our customers who helped donate food as well as the employees who helped organize and deliver dinners this holiday season. As our company continues to grow so does our community service, and that’s a good feeling.”