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Volunteers Come Together to Provide the Gift of Warm Meals to New Yorkers

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What to Know

  • Citymeals on Wheels is preparing more than 20,000 meals on Christmas Day – thanks to volunteers – in order to feed hungry New Yorkers
  • While many have the holiday off – Christmas is actually one of the busiest days for the non-profit organization
  • Volunteers started working early Christmas morning – some before 6 a.m. – all with one purpose in mind: to bring cheer to another person

One of the best gifts to give this holiday season is to help others.

Citymeals on Wheels is preparing more than 20,000 meals on Christmas Day – thanks to volunteers – in order to feed hungry New Yorkers.

While many have the holiday off – Christmas is actually one of the busiest days for the non-profit organization as volunteers work their magic in the kitchen – packing up the meals that will be delivered door-to-door to the New Yorkers who are the most vulnerable.

Volunteers started working early Christmas morning – some before 6 a.m. – all with one purpose in mind: to bring cheer to another person.

“There’s a lot of people at home that don’t have anybody and different situations and just bringing a meal to them, a healthy meal, makes them feel good and energized and know that somebody out there cares about them,” a volunteer told News 4.

To many volunteers providing a warm meal to others is an act that truly warms the heart.

Across the city, there were plenty of different examples of volunteers doing what they could to help those in need, or some who have just fallen on hard times.

In Harlem, Rev. Al Sharpton and others were serving up lunch and some gifts for kids outside the National Action Network's headquarters on 145th Street in Harlem, where a line of people lined up around the block for some food.

Some gathered at a kitchen on the Upper West Side to make 120 turkey feasts for families in one of the city's biggest acts of giving. And a group of FDNY EMTs went to the pediatric ward at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx as an act to honor Yadira Arroyo, who was an EMT killed in the line of duty.

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