First United Methodist Church makes holiday donation to Goodwill Veterans Services Program

Thirty veterans from Sarasota, Manatee counties receive turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets so they can enjoy the warmth of the season

Published Thursday, November 19, 2015

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL  – On November 18, Goodwill Ambassadors – community members who volunteer and support Goodwill’s work throughout the area – from the First United Methodist Church of Sarasota donated 30 turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets to Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program. These items were provided so that area veterans could enjoy a delicious holiday meal with their families.

In all, 30 veterans – 15 from Manatee and 15 from Sarasota – collected the turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets from the Goodwill Veterans Services Program offices.

“We are honored to help our heroes every day of the year with housing, education and employment assistance. Each and every day, our dedicated Veterans Services Program staff works to make sure our veterans get the help they need to provide for their families,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “This time of year can be devastating for those who can’t afford the beautiful Thanksgiving meal that many of us might take for granted. We are thankful for partners like our friends at the First United Methodist Church of Sarasota for helping us give back in such a meaningful way. We would like to wish all of our veterans, Ambassadors and community members a very happy Thanksgiving.”

“There is much to learn about service and sacrifice from our veterans,” said Rev. Art McClellan. “First Church’s Thanksgiving focus to serve God while sacrificially serving others in our community brought us to this unique opportunity to show our gratitude to both our veterans and our community partners at Goodwill.”

This is the second year that Goodwill has partnered with the First United Methodist Church to distribute turkeys, holiday gifts and Thanksgiving baskets. For more information on how to help the veterans in our community, call Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program at (941) 355-2721, ext. 451.

About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit