This has been a difficult year for all of us. From the high-tension presidential election to the unexpected global pandemic and widespread lockdowns, we have all been through quite a lot. Of course, some of us have been through more than others. It can be difficult for those who don’t have very much to manage during the holiday season. For this reason, Immersion Recovery Center participates in an annual food drive, donating a wide range of non-perishable goods to local families in need. This year, join us for our annual Thanksgiving food drive as we work together to make a difference in the community.
Each year we hold a yearly food drive among our employees. We give the donated food to a local charity of our choosing, working together to make a positive impact. Over the course of the next several weeks, all of our employees are going to bring in canned food, pasta and other non-perishable food items to donate.
Interestingly, there is a significant correlation between experiencing high stress and having a lack of necessities during the holiday season and turning to substance abuse. In general, the holidays can be very triggering – especially holidays during which the family gathers together in a confined space. Many individuals who have struggled with substance abuse in the past come from somewhat dysfunctional families. Doing what we can to help these families can actually have an impact on a return to drinking and/or drugging. We do what we can to help eliminate this stress and keep those who have struggled with substance abuse in the past on the road to recovery.
Donating to charities geared towards helping less fortunate members of society allows them to enjoy the holidays in the way we all deserve to!
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Positive Impact On Our Clients
One of the main lessons we work to impart on each and every one of our clients is the importance of continuously helping others. Not only do our employees participate in our annual Thanksgiving food drive, but our clients are encouraged to help in any way that they can. Of course, we do not expect them to donate non-perishable food items – we do, however, allow them to work directly with the charitable organizations, bringing the donations and dropping them off in person. Not only does having hands-on experience with a charity work to foster a sense of gratitude, but it shows our clients what a positive impact they can have on other people and on the world around them if they maintain sobriety long-term. Many of our clients have reported that the Thanksgiving food drive is one of their very favorite activities, and that it has opened their eyes in a new and extremely beneficial way.
How to Participate
If you would like to participate in our annual Thanksgiving food drive, there are several ways to do so. Below is a list of the charities we work closely with along with a brief description of each. all of these charities help individuals and families in need throughout Palm Beach and Broward County in Southern Florida. Feel free to contact us directly for more information on how you can do your part.
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Palm Beach County Food Bank
525 Gator Drive
Lantana, Florida 33462
The main mission of the Palm Beach County Food Bank is to alleviate hunger throughout Palm Beach County. The organization works to encourage local residents to work together in helping children, families and seniors in their community. The organization is made up of four programs: Food Recovery and Distribution, Marjorie S. Fisher Nutrition Driven, Food 4 Our Kids and Benefits Outreach. Palm Beach County Food Bank supports nearly 200 partner agencies throughout the region, providing them with food items, resources, services and programs. This organization accepts all non-perishable food items, and every donation made to the Palm Beach County Food Bank is 100% tax deductible.
United Way of Palm Beach County
477 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 230
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
United Way of Palm Beach County organizes a food drive called Project Thanksgiving every year around the holiday season. This year will mark the 30th anniversary of Project Thanksgiving, and since the event was first developed, the goal has remained the same: to provide the local community and neighbors in need with a traditional and hearty holiday meal. Sadly, nearly 300,000 local families don’t know where their next meal is going to come from, and over 53,000 of those in need are children under the age of 18. Additionally it really only takes $20 to effectively feed a family of four.
United Way of Palm Beach County has many ways in which local residents can participate in Project Thanksgiving. Donate to the organization online, donate by check made payable to United Way of PBC/Project Thanksgiving or simply send a text. You can also host your own food drive, requesting the participation of your friends, family or place of employment. The organization is also offering a virtual food drive option due to the current state of things period to learn more simply visit the website link above.
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Place of Hope
Place of Hope is a state licensed organization that is dedicated to providing services to children, youth and families who have been the victims of abuse, neglect, homelessness and human trafficking. This organization is currently the largest residential children and families organization in Palm Beach County. Every year, Place of Hope hosts a non-perishable canned food drive from November 1st through the 22nd. one of the main goals of the specific organization is to teach youth that generosity towards others makes a positive impact on everyone.
In order to participate, bring canned food and other non-perishable items to any one of the below listed locations on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
North County – Place of Hope’s Paxson Campus
9078 Isaiah Lane
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418
South County – Place of Hope at The Leighan and David Rinker Campus
21441 Boca Rio Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33433
More information on the organization and on the Thanksgiving food drive can be found at the website link listed above.
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The Soup Kitchen
8645 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33472
The Soup Kitchen, located in Boynton Beach, Florida, has been serving the local community since 1983. Between the years 1983 and 2018, The Soup Kitchen served well over 3 million hot meals and handed out over 6 million bags of food. In 2002, the organization began handing out whole turkeys and traditional trimmings each year to their guests right in time for their annual Thanksgiving feasts. This year, the organization anticipates that over 1,000 local families will enjoy a special holiday meal in their homes all thanks to the generosity of local community members. In addition to food, the soup kitchen collects donations of clothing and other household necessities, making them available to those in need at absolutely no cost.
There are several ways in which you can participate this holiday season. Simply donating a turkey or another staple of the traditional Thanksgiving feast can make a major impact. Of course, with over a 1,000 turkeys to cook up come thanksgiving, the organization is also looking for volunteers who are willing to cook a meal and distribute or serve the donated food. if you would like to volunteer, donate or simply learn more about the organization feel free to follow the website link above.
At Immersion Recovery Center we look forward to participating in a number of local Thanksgiving food drives while hosting their own. For more information on this upcoming event or to learn more about our program of comprehensive addiction recovery, reach out to us at any time, we are available for your support 24/7.