Hotdogs finished steaming, burgers stopped sizzling, and snacks are loaded in the van. It’s Wednesday night, and everyone at Thrive’s Pleasant Street residence is heading to Club Thrive, not just to socialize and dance, but to help others in need. Throughout October, the staff and participants from Pleasant Street worked together, preparing then selling snacks to raise money for victims of Hurricane Dorian.
“Our folks love to help others, and we thought this would be a great opportunity to get everyone involved. We talked as a group about Hurricane Dorian and how many had lost their homes. After that, everyone jumped on board, wanting to help,” stated Pleasant Street Program Director Michelle Lariviere. “Helping others makes me feel good. We knew people needed help after the hurricane, so we wanted to raise as much as we could to help them build and repair their homes,” stated Thriver Amy Rieth. “We had lots of snacks for people to buy, and they loved them. We raised more than $300 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Dorian Fund,” she boasted.
This is not the first time the Thrivers at Pleasant Street stepped up for others. Just in the last year alone, they coordinated a sock drive and joined forces to collect gifts for the holidays. We know that by helping others, we help ourselves. Keeping that in mind, there is a plan to continue this spirit of giving this holiday season and beyond.