“We need everything, absolutely everything,” Mahoney said.
To help pay for the meals, Marticio has been pulling double shifts at her job at Jimmy’s Famous Roast Beef and Seafood on High Street, which is also helping her with her preparation plans.
Health reasons forced Marticio to close Ma Duke’s last year after six years in business. Her biggest regret when she closed the restaurant was the thought of not being able to provide the free Thanksgiving meals this year, she said.
In the end, nothing will go to waste, Mahoney said. Leftovers are brought to homeless shelters, and leftover cash will be sent to the Disabled American Veterans organization.
“I am honored to be part of it, to be totally honest,” Mahoney said. “When people come together, when the community comes together, it’s amazing what people can do, what people can accomplish.”
“After Thanksgiving is over, I have the biggest relief and good feeling we helped so many people,” Marticio said.
To donate or volunteer, call Marticio at 978-774-0172 or visit http://www.gofundme.com/madukes-thanksgiving.