A drive-through Thanksgiving tradition at Hudson Senior Center

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A drive-through Thanksgiving tradition at Hudson Senior Center
Volunteers prepare drive-through meals for Hudson seniors. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

HUDSON – If you drove by the Hudson Senior Center Nov. 18, you may have seen people handing plastic bags filled with food to seniors. 

This year marks the 12th consecutive year that George Danis and his company, Plastic Molding Manufacturing, have paired up to host the Hudson Senior Center Thanksgiving Drive-Thru. As part of the event, senior residents can pick up a warm Thanksgiving meal. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents could not sit down for the traditional Hudson Senior Center Thanksgiving. Hudson Senior Center Director Janice Long said the senior center is “very fortunate” to put on the event. 

“Even during COVID, we are able to grab and go. We haven’t missed a Thanksgiving dinner. We are very fortunate,” she said. 

Jody Heyward, who is with Plastic Molding Manufacturing, said they have “mastered” the drive through delivery format because they have been doing it for two years now.

Every year the volunteers see the same faces stopping by, according to Heyward.

“It’s awesome. When we used to do a traditional Thanksgiving sitting, we used to show pictures of our kids and grandkids. They saw mine grow up, and I saw theirs grow up,” Heyward said. 

According to Heyward, the tradition began in Watertown back in the 1980s. 

“We think Thanksgiving is a special time of year for everyone and sometimes people don’t have family nearby to enjoy a nice meal, and we just like to give them that opportunity,” she said. 

The meals were prepared by Buffett Way in Marlborough. This year, there were approximately 150 seniors who received the free meals, according to Plastic Molding Manufacturing’s Lara Deane.