Leaders, Activists Pitched In To Provide Turkey Dinners For Needy

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BRINGING seasonal cheer in turkey form to Dawn Carter, right, was State Rep. Rosita Youngblood and her assistants Marcus Van Heppinstall and Joseph Steadman. Photo by Bill Myers

BRINGING seasonal cheer in turkey form to Dawn Carter, right, was State Rep. Rosita Youngblood and her assistants Marcus Van Heppinstall and Joseph Steadman. Photo by Bill Myers

STATE REP. W. Curtis Thomas and Yingzhang Lin, president of Greater Phila. Chinese Restaurant Association, present turkey to a happy senior. Each year Thomas provides Thanksgiving turkeys and baskets to selected constituents of 181st Legislative Dist.

STATE REP. W. Curtis Thomas and Yingzhang Lin, president of Greater Phila. Chinese Restaurant Association, present turkey to a happy senior. Each year Thomas provides Thanksgiving turkeys and baskets to selected constituents of 181st Legislative Dist.

The city’s unions and many of its elected political leaders on all levels of government spent the weekend working to ensure needy families had a turkey dinner they otherwise would have gone without.

Among those were:

State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker (D-Northwest), who hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church, 7236 Ogontz Avenue. “Our annual dinner is open to all residents in the Greater Philadelphia area who are interested in joining our feast,” Parker said. “This event gave seniors and families in need an opportunity to mingle with others who may not have a family or have means to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner.”

To help make Thanksgiving more bountiful for area residents, the office of State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.) delivered nearly 200 turkeys to 8th Senate Dist. residents Friday.

The turkeys went to families who were identified with the help of community organizations across the 8th Dist. and direct appeals from neighbors.

This project has been made possible through the generosity and partnership of Brown’s Family ShopRite, Fresh Grocer, Dandrea Produce and private donations.

James J, Binns led 100 uniformed motorcycle police officers from the Delaware Valley area to deliver Thanksgiving dinner to the families of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty. A breakfast at the Green Valley Country Club was hosted by Binns for all of the widows who could attend.

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) distributed more than 1,500 Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families in the 2nd Senate Dist. Monday from  her 1061 Bridge Street district office. Tartaglione traveled throughout the district delivering turkeys.

DC 33, Local 98, and a host of other union locals helped distribute over 2,000 turkeys with trimmings to needy families as well.

The Philadelphia Housing  Authority held a turkey giveaway for residents on Monday with help from PhillySeeds, a Philadelphia Housing Authority subsidiary. This year, the  agency handed out 2,000 turkeys, doubling the number from last year.

This holiday giveaway is   intended to help those affected by the $5 billion cut in the Supplemental  Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. A temporary increase  in those benefits expired on Nov. 1, affecting an estimated 47 million  Americans.

State Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D- W. Phila.) on Tuesday joined children participating in the Fathers And Children Together program to help serve food to the homeless at the Great Family Gathering event in Philadelphia. The children, who each have a father incarcerated at SCI Graterford, were served Thanksgiving dinners at 1st Dist. Plaza.

State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast) arranged for the donation of turkeys to the Interfaith Food Bank. The turkeys were delivered on Nov. 23, prior to the rush of the holiday. “I would like to thank those who made this possible, particularly the ShopRites in Roxborough and on Oxford Avenue in Lawndale,” Boyle said. “Without their participation this would have never been possible.”

 

 

AFSCME Local 163, led by President Frank Halbherr and BA Nelson Baitzel, had support of these members in distributing turkeys to needy families.

AFSCME Local 163, led by President Frank Halbherr and BA Nelson Baitzel, had support of these members in distributing turkeys to needy families.

PREPARING turkey-dinner baskets were these members of DC 33, kept busy over Sunday and Monday.

PREPARING turkey-dinner baskets were these members of DC 33, kept busy over Sunday and Monday.

COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson handed out turkeys in conjunction with Bottom Dollar food market.

COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson handed out turkeys in conjunction with Bottom Dollar food market.

STATE REP. Maria Donatucci and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson join Mummers and at Thanksgiving Senior Day at St. Monica’s Catholic School, 16th & Porter Streets, on Monday. Photo by Rory McGlasson

STATE REP. Maria Donatucci and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson join Mummers and at Thanksgiving Senior Day at St. Monica’s Catholic School, 16th & Porter Streets, on Monday. Photo by Rory McGlasson

FROM LEFT, SEPTA CFO Richard Burnfield; Reading Terminal merchant Marion “Tootsie Iovine” D’Ambrosio, PCA President and CEO Holly Lange; Reading Terminal Market General Mgr. Paul Steinke; and SEPTA Assistant General Mgr. Susan Van Buren celebrate successful Thanksgiving dinner at Market East Station.

FROM LEFT, SEPTA CFO Richard Burnfield; Reading Terminal merchant Marion “Tootsie Iovine” D’Ambrosio, PCA President and CEO Holly Lange; Reading Terminal Market General Mgr. Paul Steinke; and SEPTA Assistant General Mgr. Susan Van Buren celebrate successful Thanksgiving dinner at Market East Station.

BREWERYTOWN-SHARSWOOD Community Civic Association board members Brenda Watkins, Talmadge Belo and Adam Lang help to prepare for their annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive for the neighborhood. In picture are Watkins and Belo. Photo by Adam Lang

BREWERYTOWN-SHARSWOOD Community Civic Association board members Brenda Watkins, Talmadge Belo and Adam Lang help to prepare for their annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive for the neighborhood. In picture are Watkins and Belo. Photo by Adam Lang

EAST FALLS community activist George Matysik and 38th Ward Leader Mark Green, 4th and 5th from left, helped give out donated Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need at Bridges4Change on 27th Street.

EAST FALLS community activist George Matysik and 38th Ward Leader Mark Green, 4th and 5th from left, helped give out donated Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need at Bridges4Change on 27th Street.

IN ADDITION to delivering turkeys for needy households, State Sen. Anthony Williams remembered emergency responders of Phila. Fire Dept., providing these selfless servants (who often must work on Thanksgiving) with pies and cookies.

IN ADDITION to delivering turkeys for needy households, State Sen. Anthony Williams remembered emergency responders of Phila. Fire Dept., providing these selfless servants (who often must work on Thanksgiving) with pies and cookies.

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