Local nonprofit provides Christmas meals for over 50 families
Westchester Christmas Dinner couldn’t host its massive holiday dinner due to the pandemic, so volunteers packed to-go meals for over 50 families instead.
The nonprofit usually provides meals,
music and Santa for families in need, but this year was different.
Lizette Garvin is a hard worker; she
cares for two daughters and her elderly parents. She tells News 12 that her
community didn’t want her to worry or muster up strength this holiday, so they
insisted she rest.
“I’ve been worried
period. Not just the holidays, just every day,” says Garvin.
Garvin is one of the 50
plus families who received a meal from the nonprofit Westchester Christmas
Dinner. Her family also received personally shopped toys and gifts.
Lauren Torre, vice president of
Westchester Christmas Dinner board, says “Everybody
understands that we’re all hurting in some way, but there are people who are
needing help throughout the year who are hurting way more than we are. It’s a
very humbling experience, but it’s also very inspirational.”
Local volunteers like
Michelle Hodge and her teenage kids made very special deliveries to families,
including the Garvin's.
“We do this before we
even have a chance to open our gifts so we can be truly grateful,” says Hodge.
“We have done this for like six or seven years…this is our family tradition!”