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BEAM Planning Thanksgiving Basket Project
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BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry) is looking for individuals and groups in the Beaches area to participate in BEAM'S 2011 Thanksgiving basket project. BEAM has distributed Thanksgiving dinner baskets to families in need in the Beaches area for years.  

In past years, the project has been adopted by community partners that enabled expansion of the program to local seniors, but this year, the Thanksgiving Basket project is completely dependent on the grassroots efforts of individuals and groups in the community.

BEAM is seeking groups of friends, neighbors, co-workers, church groups, schools, sport groups, scouts, and others, to gather suggested Thanksgiving dinner items including a package of rice or mashed potatoes, bag of stuffing, two packages of macaroni and cheese, can of cranberry sauce, four cans of vegetables like green beans and yams, jar of turkey gravy, packaged cookies and a $15 grocery store gift certificate to purchase a turkey.

The "basket" can be a box, bag, roasting pan, laundry basket, or any other container. The estimated cost of each entire basket is about $30.

All baskets must be received at BEAM, 850 Sixth Ave. South, Jacksonville Beach, by Wednesday, November 16th. 

Please confirm with BEAM the number of baskets you or your group plans to donate to  Include a photo of your group with your baskets if possible. As baskets are received the donors will be named on BEAM's Facebook page (JaxBEAM), with the number #1 donors updated throughout the month.

"We are challenging groups, churches and companies to see who can donate the most baskets.  Hopefully, we'll have the best year of community participation ever, as we are faced with the most need ever" says Paul Lambert, President, BEAM Board of Trustees, adding,  "This comes at a time when BEAM food donations are down, and needs are up."

"Every year we have more people in need." according to BEAM volunteer, Sue Glawe, the perennial Thanksgiving Basket project Coordinator.

It is through community kindness and participation that BEAM is able to offer this Thanksgiving dinner basket project again this year.  For more information contact or 241-7437 x 2.

BEAM is a 26-year-old ministry that serves over 1,000 clients a month with food, rent and utility assistance, food stamps and Medicaid applications and other support.

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