Chop­tank Trans­port pays it for­ward

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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.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Chop­tank Trans­port em­ploy­ees make a do­na­tion de­liver to the Tal­bot County Neigh­bor­hood Ser­vice Cen­ter in Eas­ton on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 23.

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