Rivier University’s Thanksgiving Basket Project sets another new record

Rivier University’s annual Thanksgiving Basket Project has set another record, surpassing last year’s record year of 362 baskets collected with 425 baskets collected this year.  

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 One.  

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.