Choptank Transport pays it forward
PRESTON — The employees at Choptank Transport in Preston were busy recently collecting, assembling and delivering holiday dinners to about 300 families in need in the tri-county area.
The donations began Monday, Nov. 21, before Thanksgiving, with Choptank’s first delivery to St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charity in nearby Easton. St. Vincent partners with six other organizations to help put food on the tables of those who otherwise would have none.
On Tuesday, Choptank Transport loaded up the company van, affectionately known as the “Chopvan”, with another delivery of Thanksgiving dinners. This time the donation was destined for the Salvation Army in Cambridge.
“Thanks to the donation from our friends at Choptank Transport we were able to make some phone calls to registrants that had not already been chosen to receive a Thanksgiving box to let them know we were going to be able to provide them with one,” said Captain Aaron Abram, Corps Officer at the Salvation Army. “I remember one mother who showed up with her two preschoolaged children. She was in tears as she was thanking us for the food. She said she was not sure what she was going to do for Thanksgiving dinner because she had no family in the area and she had recently lost her job because of spending time in the hospital with her sick child.
“Those are the families that make the craziness of the day worth it,” Abram said. “We couldn’t have done it without the generous donation of food from Choptank.”
Choptank wrapped things up on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, with another van full of dinners. This time they were bound for the Talbot County Neighborhood Service Center in Easton. Executive Director Marilyn Neal was pleased to have the extra help.
“Our agency had a goal to serve 290 families during this season; with your help we not only met our goal but we were able to surpass it,” Neal said. “Many thanks to the Choptank for their support during the Thanksgiving holiday.”
“This has become an annual event for us,” said Choptank Transport President and CEO Geoff Turner. “I am thankful to our generous employees and customers who enabled us to support so many in our community.”
Choptank Transport employees make a donation deliver to the Talbot County Neighborhood Service Center in Easton on Wednesday, Nov. 23.