A Springfield tradition, hundreds of less fortunate community members enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at A Touch of Garlic Thursday. The well-known restaurant in “The X” provided the home-style family dinner for the 16th straight year.
Seven different shelters and agencies enjoyed an elegant turkey dinner, complete with all the trimmings.
“It’s very delicious,” Prospect House employee Priscella DelValle said. “It means a lot. We are very grateful, very grateful.”
The meal was donated and served by family, friends, and customers of “A Touch of Garlic.” A Hampden elementary school provided decorations for the tables and Peter Pan buses transported people from Friends of the Homeless on Worthington Street in Springfield. Organizers say the benefit dinner gets better and better each year.
“I think it’s important, I mean especially in the times that we are going through today,” Marc Desrosiers said. Desrosiers is related to owners Joe and Karla Rescia and delegated to bartending for the afternoon. “It’s worse than normal and to be able to do this bit of extra, you know, attention to the folks that are less fortunate. That makes us feel good to make these other folks feel better as well.”