When Rep. Adrian Madaro was elected to office four years ago, there was tradition started by his predecessor, Carlo Basile, that he vowed to continue.
Madaro will again host East Boston’s annual Thanksgiving Day charitable dinner that has made the holiday a little more cheerful for hundreds of low-income, homeless and elderly residents in the neighborhood.
Madaro and a group of friends, family and an army of volunteers from across the neighborhood will provide a full Thanksgiving meal for residents that may otherwise go hungry at the Sacred Heart Church hall on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
“Last year we did over 400 meals, that’s 400 people in our neighborhood that got the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving,” said Madaro. “Being an elected official is about helping people and that becomes more of priority when you realize some people do not have the necessary means to enjoy a proper Thanksgiving or Christmas. So in the spirit of the season of giving I’m proud to keep this important East Boston tradition this year and as long as I’m state representative.”
As in years past, the food will be prepared by Spinelli’s chefs, which will include salad, a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert and coffee.
Madaro said the event puts a lot of things we take for granted in life into perspective.
“When you see children of parents with a smile on their face inside the church hall you know the group of volunteers have done something right,” said Madaro. “I started to come to this event, first as former Rep. Basile’s Chief of Staff, and now as the event’s host. It is really something I look forward to every year and has become as much a part of my family and I’s Thanksgiving as turkey and stuffing.”
A scene from last year’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner hosted by Rep. Adrian Madaro. Madaro is in his third year of continuing the successful event.