Harrison N.Y.- With the month of December almost upon us, the Carver Center in Port Chester is preparing to ensure a good holiday season for the members of its community.
“We have been fortunate enough to be receiving many donations,” said Alex Chavarria, director of the Food Pantry at the Carver Center.
Though Hurricane Sandy left the center without electricity for a week, the organization brought the community together on Nov. 5, its first day back to business after the power outage. The center held a “Sandy Recovery Barbecue,” grilling burgers and hot dogs and serving refreshments to neighbors impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Bags of food and fresh produce were also distributed.
On Thanksgiving, the center provided a full-course meal to about 100 people.
“We had turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing … all of the Thanksgiving food you can think of,” said Chavarria.
“We also gave away a pre-packed bag of food to each person, with goods like cereals, canned foods, beans and rice, as well as bags of fresh produce,” he said.
On Thursday, the center will hold a communitywide “baby shower,” in which people can donate baby-related goods to those in need.
“We will be collecting things like baby formula, food, and diapers,” he said. “Anyone who is in need can come in to take advantage of the supplies.”
Starting Dec. 16, the center will begin its holiday gift giveaway. According to Chavarria, the giveaway will serve about 300 food pantry clients. Books, toys, and winter apparel will be given to those in need.
“People are really coming together,” said Chavarria. “We’re getting help from all over the place. We have been overwhelmed with the amount of donations we’ve gotten.”
In addition to its special holiday programs, every Saturday at noon the Carver Center serves free hot meals to children, adults, and senior citizens. With the help of Helping Hands for the Homeless & Hungry, dozens of people are fed a freshly prepared meal and given the opportunity to socialize.
The Carver Center is always seeking donations of food, clothing, and especially volunteer time.
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