Volunteers skip Black Friday to help out community

Several volunteers decided to forgo Black Friday shopping last week and instead came out to support Westchester's Habitat for Humanity's "Homes for the Holiday."

The program says organizing Friday's volunteer efforts are a way of trying to re-brand the day known for shopping for bargains.

Anthony Labella, a junior at New Rochelle High School, says he skipped hanging out with his friends to better the community. "My friends, some of them are shopping now. They went to the mall at 4 a.m. in the morning. Some of them are hanging out during their break lounging,? Labella says. ?But I figured I might as well make it productive and help out some people."

Volunteers were at work sheet-rocking a home with the help of the city of White Plains? urban renewal department. The goal is to have the home refurbished and the family moved in by the end of this year.

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