Giving Thanks Back!

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City’s Leaders Give Thanks
A glance through these pages gives one an idea of the magnitude of support given by City and State elected officials to those in need. If a bean-counter were to go around and add up all the turkeys, Thanksgiving baskets fill of turkey and dinner fixings, no doubt the number will easily exceed 20,000.
To this, we need to add the support given by many of the unions whose members quietly raise funds through in-house parties to give member families in need the things they would otherwise go without, not only this Thanksgiving Day, but Christmas as well, while also inviting them to many free summer outings.
Philadelphia does shine as a city of “brotherly love” at these moments.
The City and the many nonprofit and religious shelters do their share and more, insuring everyone gets a traditional holiday meal. Everywhere in this city you can feel and experience the art of giving and receiving.
Especially interesting to note is Manna actually delivers hot, complete turkey dinners to their needy clients, and enough for their families as well on Thanksgiving Day itself.
To all those, and to the thousands more who donate time and talent to institutions such as Philabundance, and to the hundreds of businesses that distribute the necessary food items – such as the merchants at the Wholesale Fruit & Produce Distribution Center – this is our opportunity to give all of you Thanks. It is more comforting to know others are being taken care of as we share the holidays with our own families and friends.

GIVING OUT Thanksgiving gift cert to Barbara Elliott at Brown’s Family ShopRite in Parkside was State Sen. Vincent Hughes, who dispensed dozens of certificates Monday before holiday.

STATE SEN. Larry Farnese celebrated Thanksgiving giving away turkeys to area seniors and low-income families. Senator thanked Brown’s Family ShopRite at 23rd & Oregon for help as he made donations to United Communities S. E. Phila.’s Houston Community Center, Jackson Place Senior Homes and Lutheran Settlement House.

RANDY VAUGHAN passes out one of scores of Thanksgiving-dinner packages to indigent constituents of Councilwoman Cindy Bass at Triumph Baptist Church in Nicetown on Saturday.

AFSCME LOCAL 1637 volunteers take weekend time off to hand-deliver 25 turkey dinners donated by Brown’s Family ShopRites to home-bound needy families across city. President Frank Halbherr, 5th from left, headed task force of do-gooders who partnered with Dept. of Human Services and N. Phila. Congress.

PATIENTLY waiting in long line around Gibson Temple Baptist Church in Strawberry Mansion are families waiting to
receive turkeys
given annualy
by law firm
Pond Lehocky.

DEACON Robert Hammond donates complete bag of Thanksgiving-turkey meal to happy recipient at Gibson Temple, thanks to Pond Lehocky’s holiday gift-giving.

SEPTA TREAT was pre-Thanksgiving Sunday dinner in Market Street E. SEPTA concourse. Scores of seniors enjoyed meal, music and merriment while being personally served by SEPTA Asst. Gen. Mgr. of Operations Ron Hopkins.

COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell checks in recipient for 1,200 turkeys she distributed at Allegro Pizzeria, 40th and Spruce Streets, with help of major donor who contributed $10,000 to buy turkeys.

LADIES at Lutheran Settlement in Fishtown were among 300 waiting along with Council President Darrell Clark for delayed truck shipment carrying over 1,000 turkeys which Clark, together with Councilman Bill Greenlee, in rear, delivered to them and to other needy families at three other locations in his district.

COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson teams up with Urban Affairs Coalition to donate 150 turkeys and trimmings in 2nd Councilmanic Dist. yesterday. Joining Councilman are Ronald Ellis, Parrish Riggins, Calvin McDaniel and State Rep. Jordan Harris. Photo by Rory McGlasson

PHILA. 76ERS players Kwame Brown and Nick Young dish out turkeys to residents of Wilson Park, 2500 Jackson Street, on Sunday. Basketball stars back by giving away 1,000 tur­keys as part of “Give And Gobble” initiative.

DWIGHT BROWN and Carol Schriver of 1500 S. Corlies Street said free turkey given to them at Universal Audenried Charter School, 3301 Tasker Street, “was a blessing.” Carol’s two daughters, Han­na Waiters, 13, and Gabriel Waiters, 15, attend charter school. Photo by Rory McGlasson

SHERIFF Jewell Williams, assisted by members of Eastern Star and Prince Hall Masons from Hiram Lodge, distributed turkeys and all fixings to needy families at Winchester Rec Center, 15th & Dauphin, as well as to scores of families around city.

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