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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 — “What concerns me is the number of new faces we’re seeing,” Brosmer said, noting a surprising response to a recent monthly food truck delivery from the Western New York Food Bank. “We had 181 households sign up, the most we’ve ever had before. It really  kind of startled us.”

While Heart, Love and Soul will be closed on Thursday and Friday, turkeys, chickens and other Thanksgiving items were distributed to clients of the food kitchen on Friday. The center will be closed on Thanksgiving, and clients will be directed to the Davis’s dinner at the VFW on Seneca Street.  

However, Heart, Love and Soul staff will be preparing a special Thanksgiving meal in advance of the holiday, at lunchtime on Tuesday for any who wish to attend, at the Ontario Avenue soup kitchen and food pantry.

Also serving an advance holiday meal is the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, who will be providing a meal at 6 p.m. at the Doris Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 9th St. The free event is open to the public and those seeking more information can contact the authority at 285-5374.

Lastly, while the Community Missions on Buffalo Ave. will be closed on Thanksgiving. Their clients have been invited to a meal Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe. About 235 people have received tickets to attend a free meal at the restaurant, where staff will be serving a banquet with all the trimming, said the Community Mission’s Hoffman.

“They do everything,” he said of the Hard Rock meal, which is provided only to ticket holders. “The waiters there serve everybody. They do door prizes. They give away hats and gloves. Most everybody we from the mission is working, driving vans, dropping people off and picking people up.”

People who call the mission with offers to volunteer will be politely redirected, he said. “It’s hard because everybody calls and wants to helps out on Thanksgiving. We tell them please come back on Black Friday or any other day of the year. We can always use the help.”

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