Join Pine Tree Recovery Center for this year’s annual Thanksgiving food drive by donating non-perishable canned goods to a local charity. Every year we works closely with a range of local charities, helping gather food for the holiday season which is ultimately given to community members in need.

There is absolutely no question about it, 2020 has been a year for the books. All of us have had to deal with a range of new and adverse circumstances, everything from global lockdowns to a highly divisive presidential election. We have all had to learn to adapt during these strange and unprecedented times. None of us have had an easy go of it and we are all doing what we can to continue living our day-to-day lives as we navigate uncharted territory.

The pandemic has impacted everyone differently, and some of us are better off than others. For example, many small businesses have had to shut their doors completely, leaving business owners without a source of stable income and without any certainty of the future. Some local families have been struggling to stay afloat and have been experiencing extremely high stress levels due to the impending holiday season. For this reason, it is up to us to work as a community in order to support one another until we all adjust to the “new normal.”

At Pine Tree Recovery Center we sincerely believe that it is up to us to do our part so that all members of our society can enjoy the holidays. Join us this month to bring the holiday spirit and a sense of community support to those who need it the most.

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Thanksgiving and Substance Abuse

At Pine Tree Recovery Center we encourage our employees to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items to be donated to the charity of their choice. Not only do we strongly believe in helping in any way that we can, but there happens to be a very significant correlation between holiday stressors and substance abuse. This time of the year can be extremely triggering for individuals who are in early recovery… In fact, Thanksgiving can be triggering for those who have years and years of solid recovery under their belts. Add pandemic related stressors like financial insecurity, job loss and social isolation, and there is a good chance that this specific holiday season will be more difficult to navigate than ever before.

We want to do everything we can to eliminate these added stressors and relapse triggers, ensuring that those in our local community are able to experience a sense of normalcy and a lack of concern as they celebrate with their loved ones.

Over the years we have also found that participating in local charity events positively impacts our clients. Not only does giving back to the community and still a vital sense of gratitude but volunteering works to bolster self-esteem while teaching clients the importance of consistently helping others. Clients have the opportunity to help sort and deliver food directly to these local charities, getting hands-on experience.

Local Thanksgiving Charities

Below are local resources, including charities that people can make food donations to if they so choose. Pine Tree Recovery Center donates to these two charities annually, and we are more than happy to directly accept your donations and deliver the non-perishable food items and other essential goods to these locations directly. Simply give us a call for more information.

Charities in Portland, Maine and Surrounding Areas:

South Portland Food Cupboard
130 Thadeus Street
South Portland, ME 04106

The South Portland Food Cupboard is a non-profit food pantry that has been dedicated to alleviating hunger in the local community since 1997. Not only does this organization work to acquire and distribute food, but they provide guidance and information on community resources like budget management, food stamps and much more. The Cupboard holds numerous annual events geared towards raising money in support of their charity, as well as several food drives that provide families in need with a wide range of nutritious food items.

If you would like to donate food directly to the organization, you are welcome to drop off any canned goods or non-perishable items to the Cupboard on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. If you would like to make a financial contribution you can either visit the location in person or make a donation online at the website listed above.

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Project FEED
202 Woodford Street
Portland, ME 04103

Project FEED is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the alleviation of physical hunger. This organization considers themselves an emergency food pantry, meaning that food is distributed immediately to community members who need it the most. Project FEED subscribes to the mentality that food donations do not simply physically feed the concerned individual or family, but they also feed emotions and attitudes. Doing something positive for the community and for community members can make a lasting impact on everyone involved.

In addition to canned goods, dry goods and other non-perishable food items, this organization accepts a wide range of additional donations. If you would like to, you are welcome to donate any standard pantry staples or refrigerated items such as fruit, peanut butter, soup or stew, cereal, fresh onions, potatoes and other produce from Cape Elizabeth farm, juice, shelf-stable milk, bread and tea or any number of personal items such as toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, bar soap and feminine products like tampons or maxi pads. More information on the items that can be donated and on the Thanksgiving food drive itself can be found at the website listed above.

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About Pine Tree Recovery Center

At Pine Tree Recovery Center we believe in giving back to our local community in any and every way possible. Not only do we provide an unmatched level of clinical care and comprehensive addiction treatment, we work to teach each and every one of our clients and our alumni as much as possible by their participation in real life, hands-on experiences.

We offer pain-free and safe drug and alcohol withdrawal in a medically monitored environment. Our program caters to men and women of all ages who have been struggling with substance abuse of any type or severity. In addition to traditional detoxification services, we offer a number of addiction services including crisis intervention, addiction assessment, case management services and thorough aftercare planning. We understand the urgency involved in seeking professional medical detox and for this reason we have carefully developed an admissions program that is both simple and straightforward. We work very closely with most major insurance providers, so if you are currently insured there is a very good chance that all of our detox programs and additional addiction services are covered in full. The length of our detox program is individualized for each client. In most cases, medical detox lasts for between three days and one full week. However, if an addictive disorder is especially severe, we gladly extend the length of the client’s stay. For more information on our comprehensive detox program, just reach out to us 24/7 at any point in time. We look forward to speaking with you and offering more insight into our program or our annual Thanksgiving food drive!