HRA distributes 547 turkeys to families in need

Published on Monday, 25 November 2019 19:16

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NEW BRITAIN - Human Resource Agency of New Britain, Inc. distributed 547 turkeys Monday to families in need.

“This is such a good thing for the community,” said Brenda Boggus, 54. “The staff here is very helpful and caring and they make sure you get what you need for Thanksgiving.” For the longtime New Britain resident, this will be an extra special turkey dinner because it will be the first time in a long time that she is getting her family together.

“It’s a beautiful reason to celebrate,” she said.

Caren Dickman, communications and grant development specialist, said that this year saw a very successful Thanksgiving turkey collection. Most were provided by Foodshare, but some were also provided by private donors. While there is always a great need, Dickman said that she is “thrilled” with the support this year.

“Each year we seem to be getting more and more support,” she said. “We’ve been doing this since 2004 in New Britain and we came to Bristol in 2017 when we merged with the Bristol Community Organization.”

Human Resources Agency of New Britain’s Bristol location is at 55 South St. New Britain locations include 336 Arch St., 144 Clinton St., 83 Whiting St., 55 Broad St. and 35 Oak St. The organization’s employees and volunteers distributed Thanksgiving meals to needy families in the communities of New Britain, Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, Plainville and Plymouth.

“We make sure that everyone gets their turkeys and fixings by Thanksgiving,” said Dickman. “We’re thrilled to do it; it’s what HRA is all about. On a personal level, I’ve helped out with this distribution for a number of years and it really gives you a good feeling.”

Nine volunteers came from the Hexcel Corporation this year and for them, being involved with the distribution is a way to give back to the community.

“It feels really good to be here,” said Jocelyn Milliman, Hexcel’s community involvement organizer. “We got a great response from our workers who wanted to be involved and this is our way of helping out.”

For Leina Rivera, 19, this is her second time getting a turkey and seeing everyone in line getting their own food makes her feel happy.

“It’s really nice to know that our community helps each other out,” she said. “A lot of people don’t have the money to buy a turkey and to have this is really important.”

Neisha Guadalupe agreed. The 22-year-old New Britain resident is making Thanksgiving dinner for her family for the first time this year and said the turkey distribution means a lot to her.

“Thanksgiving is important to me and my family because it’s a time for the family to get together and share what we’ve got,” said Guadalupe. “It makes me feel happy and grateful.”

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. was originally founded in 1964. The nonprofit is dedicated to increasing economic self-sufficiency among individuals and families. Their mission is “to improve the quality of life by helping people achieve economic and social potential; responding to the causes and conditions of poverty and building stronger individuals, families and communities.”

For more information on the Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc., call 860-225-8601, visit or connect on Facebook at

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Catherine Shen can be reached at 860-801-5093 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Plainville on Monday, 25 November 2019 19:16. Updated: Monday, 25 November 2019 19:18.