Thanksgiving Food Drive Benefits Westhab Families

Thanksgiving Food Drive Benefits Westhab Families

    As they do every year Employees at Southern Westchester BOCES shared the warm spirit of Thanksgiving by participating in a food drive that benefited families at a local shelter.

Dozens of boxes filled with food including turkeys, pies, vegetables, potatoes, pasta, soup and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving were transported from the BOCES administration building in Rye Brook and from the training center in Harrison to Westhab in White Plains on Nov. 20. The food ensured that some families had staples for their Thanksgiving Day meals.

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All the food, plus supplementary food for the Westhab pantry, was purchased with more than $1,300 donated by SWBOCES staff. 

“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.”

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Treasurer Chris Jansen spearheaded a parallel effort among colleagues in Rye Brook. Southern Westchester BOCES has partnered with Westhab for over 15 years.

“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 baby food as well as tuna fish, peanuts, mustard, mayonnaise, peanut butter, jelly and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Additionally, they were given cooking oil, apple juice and bread crumbs.