“Thanks” and “giving” were once again part of Thanksgiving at KidWorks this year.

Festivities included giving thanks to God, enjoying fellowship with each other and helping those in need.

Here’s an update of Thanksgiving 2022 at KidWorks:

Thanksgiving Feast for the moms of KidWorks students

For the first time ever, KidWorks hosted a Thanksgiving feast on Nov 18 at our Dan Donahue center for the mothers of our KidWorks students. This included moms from the community, as well as those who serve on our Parent Advisory Council. These moms always put their heart into cooking a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for their loved ones, so we wanted to do the same for them.

Thanksgiving Feast for our middle and high school students

We welcomed 92 of our middle schoolers, high schoolers, alumni and their friends to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at our Dan Donahue Center on Nov. 22. We thank the following corporations for donating to the event:
Boston Market
Chick Fil A
Newport Rib

 KidWorks staff Thanksgiving potluck dinner

Staff from all three of our centers gathered for fellowship and a potluck Thanksgiving meal during our November all staff meeting. Each staff member contributed a drink or side dish and enjoyed a time to reflect on things we were grateful for. Many mentioned KidWorks!

Food  baskets delivered to families served by KidWorks

Many of our families struggle financially. While we provide help year-round, for the first time this year we provided food baskets at Thanksgiving (we will also do so during Christmas). This was made possible by our newly formed “KidWorks Women,” (KWW), an auxiliary group of dedicated friends who support our students. They provided 41 baskets total and the committee members fully covered the cost of food.  

Turkey bowl kickball tournament

A delightful KidWorks’ tradition during Thanksgiving is a kickball tournament that pits our middle and high school students in competition with staff. Following the friendly rivalry, the two teams gathered together for a delicious meal. The kickball tournament was part of several fun and safe Thanksgiving activities for our students held the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving, a week when schools are closed.

We are grateful for the blessing of being able to gather in person once again to give thanks for so many bountiful blessings. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone!