annual Thanksgiving Basket Project has set another record, surpassing last
year’s record year of 362 baskets collected with 425 baskets collected this
Each year, the Rivier community goes above and
beyond to exceed the goal of collecting 175 Thanksgiving baskets to be
distributed to local agencies during an Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service.
The baskets include various Thanksgiving food items for local families in need,
and each agency also receives turkeys. This year, 12 agencies gratefully
collected the baskets, and were assisted by Rivier athletes and students in
transporting them to agency vehicles following the service.
The agencies partnering with Rivier this year were Anne
Marie House, CareGivers, Inc., Corpus Christi Food
Pantry, Greater Nashua Mental Health at Community Council, Harbor Homes, HIV/AIDS
Task Force, Keystone Hall, Nashua Foundation for Oncology/Hematology, Nashua
Soup Kitchen and Shelter, NH Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, and Title
Rivier students and Br. Paul Demers, Rivier's Chaplain and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, offered words of thanksgiving and prayer during the service.
Mary Jane Silvia, director of Campus Ministry at
Rivier, spoke about the continued success of this food drive at Rivier over the
years. “This is my sixth year being involved in the
Thanksgiving Basket Project, and I continue to be inspired by the spirit of
service and caring at Rivier,” she said.
Sister Paula Marie
Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President, welcomed Rivier students, faculty, and staff
and offered a special welcome to representatives from our partnering agencies. “Your work as we have just seen presented is a daily commitment
to reach out to the poor, to the hungry, to the marginalized, and to those in need
and we thank you for inspiration that you offer to us on a daily basis.”
“As we anticipate thanksgiving, the blessings that we have
as an institution, as a community and as citizens, perhaps we can also consider
how in the act of thanksgiving, and in the act of giving, we ourselves are
transformed,” she added.