The EnrichRI statewide cooperative home school group’s teen group met on Nov. 20 to assemble eight Thanksgiving baskets which would be given to four families in time for Thanksgiving.
The 10 teens in the group had spent the past few weeks putting out a call for non-perishable items to be used in the baskets.
“The baskets are going to families in need. Some of them are home school families that we know and some of them are from the community,” said Kenna Wall, one of the teens in the group. “They are also going to some of the families at St. Matthew’s Church because they let us use their building.”
According to parent Crystal Wall, the teen group is new this year and decided as a whole to make this their first service project – but not their last.
“They had lots of great ideas like working in soup kitchens and working in shelters with kids, but this was the one they chose to start with,” she said.
“I think it’s a good idea to help people in need, they need these items,” Eli Sigman-Gunning said.
“And we have them to give,” Kenna said.
Gideon Wallace, another teen in the group, was responsible for getting the gift cards for turkeys at Shaw’s and Stop & Shop.
“This is the season of giving,” he said.
Crystal believes that once the teens are rolling with their service projects, they will only want to do more.
“The interest is definitely there. Service, giving to others, is addicting,” she said. “Once you see the joy in the faces of those you are helping you want to pass that along and keep it rolling.”