For millions of Americans, there will be no big family dinner in a warm home this Thanksgiving, as they will struggle just to scrape by a meal for the day or find a place to sleep sheltered from November’s bitter cold. We at Central Maine Motors Auto Group wanted to do something for those who don’t have as much to be thankful for this season, so we organized a food drive all month at our various dealerships to deliver meals to the hungry.
Residents of Waterville, Maine truly love the city they call home and the people who live in it with them. We were able to deliver lots of food thanks to the efforts and donations of caring members of the local community. Check out all this chow!
We worked with the Greater Waterville Area Food Pantry and the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry, in addition to the Waterville Public Schools, to set up food pickups and drop-offs. We loaded up the food into a Chrysler, GM and Toyota truck to send to the three different locations.
Many donated to our food drive, but we had to highlight one donator by sharing the story of James Paul. James was a down-on-his-luck man, homeless and roaming the streets of Waterville. He met a local small business owner one day and the two became fast friends. Unfortunately, James passed away just a few months ago. But the small business owner was shocked to discover that James had named him the executor of his estate and the money he had left. Touched, and in honor of his dearly-departed friend, the business owner donated the money he had inherited to local areas in need. He gave a portion of the funds to our food drive and additional funds to the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in memory of the late James Paul.
You could say there are two morals to this heartwarming true story, the ideal tale for us to tell this Thanksgiving. The first is to always be thankful for what you have, because there will always be someone out there you care about who struggles because he or she has less than you. The second moral? It’s the good old Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated… and never underestimate the value of friendship.
We had a lot of food to deliver, and it went to those who truly could use it. We thank everyone in Maine who participated in our food drive and brought some happiness to those in need, and we hope you’ll remember James Paul this Thanksgiving!