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    Tuesday, March 05, 2024

    Helping neighbors in New London

    Kayla Pace, a Connecticut Sun employee, carries a Thanksgiving food box during a distribution at St. James Episcopal Church organized with the Salvation Army of New London on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Gaynel Fraser helps her grandson Emmanuel Gilgeou, 13, both of New London, balance bags on the handlebars of his bike as they pick up food during a Thanksgiving food distribution at St. James Episcopal Church organized with the Salvation Army of New London on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    James Hyman, with the Connecticut Sun, puts a Thanksgiving food box in the car for a visitor during a distribution at St. James Episcopal Church organized with the Salvation Army of New London on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun employees Kayla Pace, left, and Peter Feeney carry Thanksgiving food boxes to customers’ cars during a distribution at St. James Episcopal Church organized with the Salvation Army of New London on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New London ― More than 400 Thanksgiving food boxes were given to families in need Tuesday through a new collaboration between St. James Episcopal Church and The Salvation Army of New London.

    Volunteers from both organizations were joined by staff from the Connecticut Sun as preregistered community members drove through or walked up for their boxes. The boxes included either a chicken or turkey as well as other items from fresh bread to stuffing mix.

    Gigi González-Cottrell, a captain at the Salvation Army, said this was the first year the two organizations, which are a block apart from each other, came together for a Thanksgiving event. She said in the past they’ve both done separate events and will also hold a joint Christmas toy and food drive.

    “We wanted to use both our resources to reach as many people as possible.” said González-Cottrell.

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