Goodman Community Center makes final push for donations ahead of Thanksgiving basket drive

MADISON, Wis. — Nearly 5,000 people signed up to collect a basket of Thanksgiving groceries at the Goodman Community Center this weekend. The donation drive is a tradition the community center has done for 34 years, but this year marks a record number of community members who signed up for the baskets.

The baskets are filled with all the ingredients needed to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including turkeys, stuffing, butter, eggs and more, according to food pantry manager Francesca Frisque.

With such high demand and only a week until Thanksgiving, the center is still looking for donations from the community, either through physical groceries or financial donations on its website.  Items they need specifically include cooking oil, cranberry sauce and canned vegetables. 

Frisque said she’s confident that the community will step up to help those in need. 

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“We have a lot of food we still need to deliver, but I know we’ll be able to do it because our community really responds,” Frisque said.

Dozens of individuals volunteered at the center on Thursday to organize the ingredients, and more than 600 have signed up to help throughout the process.

The volunteers will begin packing the baskets on Friday evening and will start handing them out to those who signed up on Saturday morning.

“When we turn on our TVs, there’s just a lot of dramatic, negative things in our world,” Frisque said. “Here’s a chance for you to go and do something positive in the world.”

Groceries can be brought to the Goodman Community Center gymnasium anytime between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the weekend.

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