Pelham Churches and Synagogue Create 300 Thanksgiving Boxes for Family Services of Westchester Clients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/28/11

Pelham Churches and Synagogue Create 300 Thanksgiving Boxes for Family Services of Westchester Clients

                PELHAM – Members of three churches and one synagogue in this town have banded together to collect food and create 300 Thanksgiving Boxes for needy families working with Family Services of Westchester.  Members of Huguenot Memorial Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH), St. Catherine’s Rectory and Pelham Jewish Center worked together this year to collect the Thanksgiving Boxes, which provide enough food for a family of eight. This Pelham Thanksgiving Drive began five years ago when parishioner Tina Constable of the Huguenot Memorial Church spearheaded the effort. Members of Pelham Jewish Center and OLPH joined the campaign last year and this year,  parishioners from St. Catherine’s participated as well.

                On Wednesday, families from FSW’s locations in Pelham, Mount Vernon, Port Chester and Yonkers lined up eagerly awaiting their Thanksgiving Boxes.  “We are humbled by the willingness of so many members of the Pelham community to participate in this annual Thanksgiving Drive,” says Susan B. Wayne, President and CEO of Family Services of Westchester.   “In this tough economy, we see poverty levels in so many communities rising so we are particularly grateful to those who provide these wonderful meals for our clients.”

                Family Services of Westchester is a non-profit agency founded in 1954. Through its 50 social service and mental health programs, the organization serves 30,000 people a year. To learn more about the agency’s services, check out its website at www.fsw.org.

Press Contact: Colleen D. Gardephe, cgardephe@fsw.org, (914) 305-6836