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Employees at Southern Westchester BOCES shared the warm spirit of Thanksgiving by participating in a food drive that benefited families at a local shelter.
Boxes filled with food including turkeys, pies, vegetables, potatoes, pasta, soup and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving were transported from the BOCES campus in Harrison to Westhab in White Plains on Nov. 21. The food ensured that some families had staples for their Thanksgiving Day meals.
“We’re giving back to our community,” said organizer Dina Roselli, secretary of the Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support. “It’s good to know that they will enjoy themselves. I know how blessed I am with my family, sitting around together having a meal. We’re happy that others can now share that joy too during this holiday.”
Southern Westchester BOCES has partnered with Westhab for over 15 years. This year’s food drive on the Harrison campus raised over $720, which created Thanksgiving packages for four families, plus supplementary food for the Westhab pantry. In addition, the SWBOCES Rye Brook campus, under the leadership of Christine Jansen, raised enough food for six families.
“Everyone has been so generous,” said Ms. Roselli. “We have a good partnership with Westhab. They’re very grateful, and we love to help in any way we can and do something kind for others.”
Along with Thanksgiving meal necessities, families also received tuna fish, peanuts, mustard, mayonnaise, peanut butter, jelly and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Additionally, they were given cooking oil, apple juice, bread crumbs and detergent.