Volunteers, politicians help feed hundreds in need on Thanksgiving at the National Action Network in Harlem

HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) – Giving back to those in need is a big focus on Thanksgiving, and that’s exactly what New Yorkers did at the National Action Network’s annual event in Harlem.

The traditional Thanksgiving feast – turkey and all the trimmings – was packed and handed out to a large number of people, who were grateful that the National Action Network helped when many are dealing with food insecurity.

“Grateful that I just got another job yesterday in the middle of a pandemic when it’s very hard and lively,” Jevon Haughton said.

It’s time to celebrate another year and get together.

“Thankful I got some food because I don’t cook,” Gwendolyn Mason said.

“We do this traditionally because of COVID, we have packed the meals so we do not scoop up the meals, we want to hand them out so we do what is healthy,” Pastor Al Sharpton said.

The food distribution is also a chance for politicians to show their appreciation to society.

“It’s a day to be grateful for, it really is a day to be grateful for, Pastor, I’m grateful for you,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I am grateful to you as a voice of conscience for this city and this state and this nation.”

Brooklyn City President and soon-to-be Mayor of New York City said it is a day when we should all realize that it is better to give than to receive.

“It rewards you when you deposit into life’s social bank, you can draw on that equity when you need it, and all these people are making that deposit today, and I love them so much,” said incoming Mayor Eric Adams.

Meanwhile, 12,000 Thanksgiving meals were delivered to homegrown seniors in New York City. Organizers say more than 300 City Meals on Wheels volunteers helped prepare meals in East Harlem before going door-to-door to deliver the meals.

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