PERTH AMBOY – Ultimate Possibilities (U.P.), a self-described social club with a penchant for community activism, held its first annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive & Donation on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the old firehouse on High Street in Perth Amboy. The group solicited the help of the Jewish Renaissance Foundation to help them identify families in need, and tapped into the Boys & Girls Club of Perth Amboy to provide volunteers from their after school program at the Academy for Urban Leadership Charter High School. A total of 69 families received a turkey and a bag of groceries which would ensure that they have food on their tables this Thanksgiving.
“We at Ultimate Possibilities are honored to be able to bring a little joy to those less fortunate with our Turkey Drive and Donation. Everyone in our organization has roots in Perth Amboy, and we are both humbled and pleased by the outpouring of public support. So many people chipped in to help and want nothing more than to know that someone else’s Thanksgiving is made a little brighter,” said Channon Johnson, U.P. spokesperson. “Although we already consider this drive to be a success due to the amount of donations received and the number of families who’ve signed up, we will continue to aim higher as we broaden our reach of those whom we can help in the community.”
“On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Perth Amboy (BGCPA), I would like to commend the guys at Ultimate Possibilities for taking the initiative to give back to their community and assist those in need,” said Tashilee Vasquez, CPO for the BGCPA.
“As a social service agency, the JRF sees so many people in need on a daily basis. Though we are committed to continue to provide as many vital social services as we can to the communities we serve, with decreased funding in many of our grants, it has become difficult to address everyone’s needs. It is a breath of fresh air when other groups, such as Ultimate Possibilities, step in to compliment what we do every day,” said Monserrat Cabral, director of Youth and Family services at the JRF.
Ultimate Possibilities was formed in April with the primary purpose of promoting unity, civic and social engagement, strengthening community bonds, and providing safe recreational opportunities and events where Perth Amboy residents can get together to socialize.
Members of Ultimate Possibilities and volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club of Perth Amboy (Photo courtesy of Jewish Renaissance Foundation)
Volunteers distribute a turkey (Photo courtesy of Jewish Renaissance Foundation)
Volunteers hand out bags filled with groceries (Photo courtesy of Jewish Renaissance Foundation)