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.