Back in 2011, we learned that the American Red Cross office in Middletown would close, and that the ARC would no longer provide Thanksgiving baskets for needy families in town. We reached out to our friends at Middlesex United Way to brainstorm who we could bring together to address this problem. The result was the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project: a coalition of businesses, funders, faith communities, nonprofits, service clubs, municipal government, and public schools, all focused on making sure Middletown families had Thanksgiving food. That first year, we provided 325 Thanksgiving baskets. Since then, the Project has acquired a life of its own, and in 2014 it fed almost 1,000 families—with two tons (yes, 2,000 pounds!) of donated food left over for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry.