It’s official—for more than a decade now, a team of Salus University and Culinart Café staff members have provided Thanksgiving Day meals to a variety of community members. In this 11th year of cooking, packing and delivering turkeys and other holiday food, recipients included 15 Jenkintown Police Department officers and staff, 50 Cheltenham Township Police Department officers and staff, and 20 families at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society in Cheltenham, which offers no-cost lodging to patients who are undergoing cancer treatment in the Philadelphia area.
“It was a great day, especially thanks to Culinart, who are very important in making this day happen,” according to assistant bursar Dave Wisher, who originally conceived this event. “It’s one of the brightest things we do here.”
Along with Wisher were other Salus “original” staff members Dr. Lawrence McClure and his son Kevin McClure ‘19OD, and bursar Esther Colon and her daughter Chrystyna Colon. This year the team was joined by President Mittelman (for the fourth year) and his wife, Tanis, along with other regular volunteers Patty Burke, assistant registrar; Wayne Pancza, director of safety and security; Gary Hughes, lead officer of safety and security; and Lisa Blade and Larry Fullbright of Culinart.
In addition to the Thanksgiving Day deliveries, members of the University’s National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) this year packaged 30 Thanksgiving baskets for families in need in the community. Students delivered these packages with Wisher on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, marking an early start to these families’ holiday festivities.