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Thankful for a helping hand

November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving meal will be served up in Arctic tomorrow when the Helping Hands set up shop and offer turkey and all the fixin's. Metro Creative Graphics.

WEST WARWICK— Numerous organizations are joining together to host a dinner for those local residents who cannot afford to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday night.

Andy Beaulieu, Organizer of Helping Hands, explained that four years ago his organization teamed up with St. Vincent de Paul Society and the West Warwick Senior Center to feed those in need on Thanksgiving.

Every Tuesday, he said, Helping Hands hosts a soup kitchen at St. John the Baptist Church rectory on Washington Street; he thought it’d be a good idea to extend that help to others during the holiday season.

“I go to a Christian church and we’re teamed up with a Catholic church in Arctic and the quasi-government thing at the senior center,” he added. “So the benefits we see is we’re feeding a lot of needy people in town and we all get to share our own faiths to an extent by helping people.”

Helping Hands originally started seven years ago with the help of Senior Center Director Manny Murray.

Beaulieu said he and his wife wanted to cook a meal for the homeless and people in need at the senior center, and with the help of a grant, that idea became reality.

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