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November 24, 2013

Local efforts providing several options for a Thanksgiving feast for the needy

Local efforts providing several options 
for a Thanksgiving feast for the needy


Niagara Gazette — Those who want the fellowship of a sit down meal can join the hundreds of diners expected between noon and 6 p.m. at the LaSalle Griffon VFW post at 2435 Seneca Ave., at the Lord’s Day Dinner, created by Yvonne  and Matthew Davis, who orchestrate a volunteer effort to create cook and create a Thanksgiving meal, from their Ashland Avenue home.

Despite being setback from a flood in their home this summer, the couple will continue to lead this 30-year-tradition, but they could use a little help. On Thursday they were still in need of donations. “We try to get at least 30 some turkeys,” said Yvonne. “Right now we have about a good 10 or 15. We’d like another 15 and hams too.”

“I feel we are a little bit behind track but as in previous years, the closer we get to the actual event the support really comes through,” she added. “It’s amazing how many people you see in Niagara Falls willing to step up and help out. That’s the best part. That’s beautiful.” Those who want to donate, volunteer or have a home meal delivered can call the Davis home at 284-6973.

The Lord’s Day Dinner, which the Davis’ and volunteers also serve at Christmas and Easter, attracted about 400 diners for Thanksgiving last year and Yvonne expects more this year. 

Davis said that due to the recent cut in food stamps in New York state, she expects a 20 percent increase in attendance at the meal on Thursday. 

She’s not the only one who predicts more needy families.

Hoffman, of the Community Mission, said that crisis housing numbers are already up 20 percent at the Buffalo Avenue mission and  “We still have the coldest weeks of the year ahead of us.”

Also seeing a disturbing rise in need is Sister Beth Brosmer, director of Heart, Love and Soul food panty on Ontario Street.

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