Nearly 100 volunteers packed up more than 500 seafood and turkey holiday meals generously prepared by Jake’s Seafood Restaurant and Daddy’s Beach Club for members of the Hull community this past Sunday. The meal mobilization that day was staged at Jake’s.
Dinner choices, which were ordered ahead of time, included a scallop dish with potatoes and vegetables cooked by Jake’s or a turkey dinner with all the accompaniments prepared by Daddy’s Beach Club, plus dessert. Most of the food was donated by the South Shore Community Action Council (SSCAC) food bank, complemented in part by a Hull resident’s contribution of cases of cranberry sauce.
Most of the meals – along with second bags full of food, sports water bottles, snacks, gifts, and stuffed animals donated by a pet supply store – were delivered, but some families and individuals stopped by Jake’s to pick up their meals. The stuffed animals, on top of everything else, were a big hit.
“Everyone was thrilled; this really gave them a boost,” said Craig Wolfe, who, as Hull’s emergency preparedness coordinator, organized the holiday meals program along the lines of the earlier complimentary Thanksgiving community dinner hosted by Daddy’s. For those meals, Wellspring Multi-Service Center donated the turkeys; Weinberg’s Bakery, the pies; and the SSCAC, a major food contribution.
“We already had a system in place and trailers of food from SSCAC, so I thought, ‘Let’s do it again!'” Wolfe said. “This was our way of letting people who may not be able to spend the holidays with friends and family this year know that they are cared for, that someone is looking out for them now and in the future, and that they are part of the bigger Hull family during this holiday season.”
Meals were also delivered to the Hull fire and police stations and the regional dispatch center in Hingham.
Volunteers included members of the Hull community, the Cohasset High School hockey and football teams, groups of Hull and Derby Academy students, and helpers from Wolfe’s wide circle of friends and family.
Volunteer Sean Baggett said participation by so many youth groups added some “good energy” to the effort.
“There’s a need for this kind of thing and the opportunity to do it with so many community connections,” Wolfe said. “No one ever says no when asked to help out; they just ask when and what can we do. It’s a lot of work but well worth the effort.”
Council on Aging Chairman Jim Richman helped lay out the delivery routes and organize the process.
“We set up cones for the lines of cars, used walkie-talkies, wore face masks, and put the meals and extra bags of items into people’s cars as they drove up, so it was a contact-free system,” Wolfe said.Richman expressed appreciation for everyone “who gave of their time to help out. There’s not enough good I can say about Jake’s; Jimmy O’Brien and his family have the biggest hearts. And Daddy’s has been there over the years for the Thanksgiving dinner for the community and, in addition, stepped up this year to help with this holiday dinner. Both Jake’s and Daddy’s give so much back to the community.”
Richman noted that in less than a month about 1,200 meals were shared with Hull residents between the two community dinners. “I was glad to be a part of it,” he said.
As if this were not enough, in addition to their holiday meals Hull’s veterans each received a 30-pound case of food and a gift bag from the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation.
“The community is the cornerstone, and this kind of effort is the manifestation of that feeling that Hull residents have that we’re all in this together,” Baggett said. “We did this for our neighbors and friends whom we see and say hi to every day who are struggling right now. We wanted to be sure that everyone received something special for the holidays.”