More than 300 families get Thanksgiving meal from Philadelphia hospital

Volunteers at Thanksgiving meal giveaway at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Thanksgiving meal giveaway at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Photo credit Justin Udo/KYW Newsradio
By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 300 Philadelphia-area families are now able to have a Thanksgiving meal thanks to a special giveaway from St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Dr. Hans Kersten with St. Christopher’s said he was inspired to start the Thanksgiving dinner giveaway more than a decade ago when he saw a growing number of food insecure homes in Philadelphia.

“It's helping people through an important holiday, but it certainly doesn't solve their poverty. And so that's why it's really coupled with a lot of other things we do to address social deterrents to health and other things,” Kersten explained.

Natasha Rivera, one of the meal recipients, said the dinner, that’s complete with a turkey and sides, came at the perfect time.

“All it's been crazy, especially with a baby, a newborn, it's just too much. I feel great. It's something very helpful, especially now with this whole pandemic,” she said.

Turkey drive coordinator Adina Freedman said in a year that's been full of trying times, their staff really stepped up.

“We've had, I think, the best fundraising campaign we've ever had. People have been so generous. Departments banded together to raise money amongst themselves to contribute to this event,” Freedman said.