NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — On Friday, as it has for the past 30 years, Northborough Helping Hands collected Thanksgiving baskets and winter coats for needy families in town.
About 100 families and 60 seniors are scheduled to pick up baskets and coats at the Town Hall gym on Saturday morning.
"We used to do the coats at Christmas," said Helping Hands member Tess Murphy, "but they need them now because it's cold."
Members insist that virtually every group in town contributes to the collection in some way. Turkeys, for example, were provided by the Northborough Rotary Club, and more are expected from the Juniper Hill Golf Course turkey drive scheduled for Saturday morning.
Included among the volunteers was a group of students from the St. Bernadette school, who helped transport the baskets into the Town Hall gym.
"Every organization, every school in town, donates," Murphy said. "It's a full community effort."
Helping Hands members intend to reciprocate. Any food that is not distributed Saturday will be sent to the Northborough Food Pantry, or, if it is perishable, to local parishes who can serve it immediately.
"None of it goes to waste," Murphy said.