Eagle Lake non-profit community powers the Thanksgiving community
SOLDIER’S POND, Maine (WAGM) – For Thanksgiving, Aroostook County did what small communities do best: take care of their neighbors. In St John’s Valley, an organization thanked its supportive community
All Things Become New delivered 370 meals to St John’s Valley for Thanksgiving
MORNEAULT “We bought 300 pounds of turkeys”
The non-profit organization supports brain injury survivors and their families. Morneault’s daughter, Mindy Forino, suffered a brain injury while playing soccer. After years of medical appointments, they created All Things Become New. Last year they planned a conference, but it was canceled due to covid
MONREAULT “we were like how can we show the community that they are important and that we care about ourselves”
So they gathered volunteers and people in need of meals
FORINO âWhen we launched our organization you obviously start at the bottom, you start to not have much, and our support in the community and surrounding communities has been incredibly supportive of our organization and the people who have given time, money, different resources, you name it, people give so much and we just wanted to find a way to give back to our community “
Now they are in their 2nd year of delivering meals to the valley. Volunteers showed up on Wednesday to get ready, and others spent their Thanksgiving day cooking, washing dishes and delivering food.
MORNEAULT “Some people, because of their age, their location and their resources, do not have this kind of meal at home”
And Morneault says next year they hope to have more volunteers and more mouths to feed.
FORINO “It’s really nice to see the expression on their faces when they receive the meals and how grateful they are” (delivery VO to Jacqueline)
MORNEAULT “If I could have called all my people from last year, we would have cooked for 500, and I thought eh maybe next year, maybe next year”
Their hope for All Things Become New is to help people across the state who are suffering from traumatic brain injury … and to assemble an even larger team to feed the community of St John next year … Rhian Lowndes newssource8
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