Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley distributes Thanksgiving meals outside Catholic Charities' Yawkey Center in Dorchester Nov. 17. Pilot photo/courtesy Catholic Charities
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In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston partnered with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to help distribute over 7,000 Thanksgiving meals, including turkey and the fixings, to families in need throughout Boston and the surrounding communities. Catholic Charities is the largest partner in United Way's effort to distribute meals to more than 16 local communities through their annual Thanksgiving Project.
Thanksgiving baskets, consisting of more than 165,000 total pounds of food, were distributed at Catholic Charities locations in Dorchester, Boston's South End, South Boston, Somerville and Lowell, and at other community-based organizations across the region. Catholic Charities also welcomed volunteers from the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund and Boston College and other community organizations, who assisted with the distribution.