Hundreds of New Yorkers lined up to receive the main attribute for Thanksgiving - the turkey for free. The distribution of food for the holiday was organized by the city's Catholic charitable organizations. NBC New York.
At a charity event held November 18 in Jamaica, Queens, 900 turkeys were handed out. Two more are planned in the coming days.
Caroline Smith of Queens says that without this help, she would not have been able to cook a complete праздничный Thanksgiving dinner.
“This is very helpful and I am grateful that they are giving out turkeys,” said Smith.
Rev. Alfred Lopinto, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, said the event was a way to show how they care about community members.
“For us, this is a way to show that we support people and give them the opportunity to get what they need for the holiday,” he stressed.
The line for turkeys on November 18 stretched over several blocks; some people have been queuing since 4 o'clock in the morning. About 100 volunteers were involved in organizing the distribution of turkeys.
“It's nice to be able to help, and that's what we tried to do as an organization and as a family,” said Vincent Gaynor, a member of Local 638 Steamfitters. Gaynor made sure that volunteering became a family business. He took his 11-year-old Jackson with him, who described the experience as transformative.
“I thought, 'Wow! So many people need help. ” I am very grateful that this opportunity presented itself to me, ”Jackson assured.
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In the past, Catholic charities have given out food other than turkey in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. Everything changed with the arrival of COVID-19. Now everyone who comes for the turkey leaves with two vouchers for $ 50. They can be used at any grocery store. This gives people the opportunity to choose foods of their choice for a festive meal.
In total, Catholic charities will donate 3000 turkeys at various events. The next one will take place on November 22 in Corona. These activities will ensure New Yorkers have one less cause for concern during Thanksgiving.