WATERVILLE- Almost a hundred people drove up to the Alfond Youth and Community Center to receive a free Thanksgiving dinner.
Normally around this time of year, the Alfond Youth and Community Center is filled with people enjoying the huge community Thanksgiving dinner.
But the pandemic forced the center officials to rethink how they were going to get over 800 packaged Thanksgiving meals out.
So to keep the 100 year old tradition going, they held a drive-thru event to give away the individually packaged meals.
“It’s a little different because we’re used to having all the faces right in front of us and being able to sit down and have conversations with them. We wanted to still to be able to have some kind of contact and let them know we’re still thinking of them despite COVID and still have some kind of impact for them,” said Bobbi Pelletier, the Alfond’s youth advancement coordinator.
The cars lined up for almost half a mile.
So many people showed up that they had to tell dozens of cars of people still waiting that they ran out of dinners a half hour early.
“This is so important, one of the biggest missions with our program and for the Alfond is being able to be there for all the families within our community, especially this year because of COVID we know that its that much more important because families can’t always get together and so they may not be doing a meal if it’s just a couple people here and there. So we wanted to make sure that people had a warm meal so they know people are thinking for them,” she said.