MASSACHUSETTS - For the third year in a row, the Arredondo Family Foundation gave away hundreds of turkeys to veterans and their families across the state.
In partnership with Ernie Boch, the organization continued its tradition to help veterans by distributing 100 turkeys across five different locations in the state, including Fitchburg, Holyoke, Norwood, and Dorchester.
The Arredondo Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2015 by Carlos and Mélida Arredondo which aims to empower military families in combating military related suicides by promoting suicide prevention.
The foundation was established after Carlos lost his son Alex, a U.S. Marine, in Iraq and his younger son Brian to suicide. Their mission is to provide educational opportunities to military siblings that strive to receive a college education, provide military related suicide prevention and postvention to military families who have lost a loved one to suicide.
“In the spirit of Thanksgiving and giving back to men and women veterans in Massachusetts who have served our country – and their loved ones - we are honored to have the opportunity to provide them with a turkey and Thanksgiving meal to enjoy with their family,” said Melida Arredondo, Executive Director of the Arredondo Family Foundation.
At all turkey giveaway locations with the exception of Dorchester, veterans received gift certificates for families to purchase all the necessary items to put together a Thanksgiving dinner. The families at the Dorchester site received food items including salad, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pies.
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