Five hundred Pawtucket families are enjoying a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner Thursday thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.
On Tuesday, food baskets were delivered to needy families under the auspices of the Pawtucket Holiday Baskets Drive. Its chair, Laureen Grebien, the city’s first lady, said the typical recipient is a family that has fallen on hard times.
"It’s probably a family of two or three kids and somebody that, you know, is struggling with whether they got laid off or they just somehow can’t seem to make ends meet," said Grebien.
A window into just how relentless campaign fund-raising has become: Democrat Gina Raimondo’s latest email wishing Rhode Islanders a Happy Thanksgiving.
The Internet missive contains a photo of the state treasurer with her husband Andy and children Tommy and Ceci. ``At Thanksgiving…I think about everything we are grateful for. We live in an amazing state with so much potential, we are surrounded by family and friends who care about us, and living up to our Italian traditions, we are preparing and eating way too much food.’’
The all-important holiday shopping season is upon us. November and December sales are make or break months for retailers, representing as much as 20 percent of total annual sales.
The National Retail Federation is forecasting a nearly four percent increase in holiday sales this year. But local retail officials are taking a more cautious approach. Paul DeRoche heads the Rhode Island Retail Federation.
Right wing cable television networks and websites love to yammer on about the ``War’’ on Christmas. But when was the last time you saw Fox News talk about the war on Thanksgiving, which seems to many a much more serious threat.
Exhibit A: the growing list of national retail chains opening their doors for the Christmas shopping season on Thanksgiving Day. This year, more than a dozen big retail chains will open Thanksgiving, giving their workers scant chance to celebrate the holiday over a stuffed turkey with their families.