On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, the annual Get Stuffed With Love Project was another success.
The goal was to insure every Pittsburgher in need of a Thanksgiving Meal received one delivered by the Pittsburgh Police and agents from the FBI, with help provided by local churches and civic organizations.
Weeks prior to the event Zone 3 Officer Christine Luffey began gathering the names and addresses of those in need. On the Saturday before, in the Church Hall of Holy Assumption of St. Mary Orthodox Church, Wayne Skelley and his helpers began cooking more than 140 turkeys.
The turkeys were provided through Rivers Casino, Holy Assumption of St. Mary Orthodox Church, Giant Eagle and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. As the week went on, Rotary District 7300 members began baking cookies and gathering supplies to prepare the dinners and coordinated the entire event.
Donations came from throughout the community, with paper supplies provided by Parkhurst Dining Services and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association; bread from the Breadworks; and cinnamon bread from Five Generations Bakery.
Volunteers joined the effort and by Thanksgiving Day more than 200 volunteers were fully engaged in the effort to provide over 2,000 Thanksgiving Dinners to everyone who wanted one including shut-ins, neighbors in need and the homeless.
Volunteers came from Holy Assumption of St. Mary Orthodox Church, Rotary District 7300, the Pittsburgh Police Department, the FBI, the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Zeta Phi Beta Graduate Chapter, Carrick Brownie Troop 53293, Carrick Girl Scout Troop 52506, Pine Richland National Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Psi – Pitt, Alpha Kappa Alpha Soroity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, Intercession of the Virgin Orthodox Church – Carnegie, Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church – Belle Vernon, City Councilman Bruce Kraus, Representative Erin Molchany and Justine Aley and numerous people from within the community.
The primary chefs were Wayne Skelly, Kurt Weitzel, Ross Morgan, and Zach Weitzel.
This was the largest Get Stuffed With Love Project yet, providing more than 2,000 people with needed food through the efforts of the Pittsburgh Police, the FBI and the many churches, organizations and volunteers who supported the effort.