Yonkers kids, adults, officials try to help needy enjoy Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just a day away, Yonkers residents and officials are pitching in to make Thanksgiving memorable for the less fortunate.

Nearly 350 students, aided by faculty at Sacred Heart High School, packed the school gym Wednesday morning for their annual pep rally and Thanksgiving Day food drive, which provides dinners for people in need during the holiday. The kids started preparing for the drive two weeks ago and raised nearly $3,000 to provide for all the meals.

Assistant Principal Pat Racioppo said the school got 100 percent participation. "We have 340 students in this school and each and every one of them came through at the end and did their part to make this a success," Racioppo said.

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Each basket contains not only turkey and all the fixings but also a special note of hope from the students. The 300 baskets will be packed up and sent out to parishes in Mount Vernon, Yonkers and the Bronx for distribution to families on Thanksgiving.

And Thanksgiving came two days early for about 180 families in Yonkers on Tuesday.

Local lawmakers, including Mayor Mike Spano, handed out bags of turkeys and trimmings to needy families at the Nepperhan Community Center.

"It's a way for us, being thankful for what we have in our society, to look out for those who maybe need a little extra help," Spano said.

The food was supplied by private businesses, including ShopRite.

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