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Helping others this Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,
In 2009, a group of us sponsored and hosted a Thanksgiving dinner buffet provided free of charge to residents of Hoboken’s senior citizen apartments as well as families living in Hoboken’s public-housing facilities. Last year, we turned the event into an annual tradition, serving Thanksgiving dinners at two different locations and drawing an enthusiastic crowd of seniors to the Multi-Service Center, where they genuinely appreciated a quality meal among friends and family and a fun evening reminding everyone that Hoboken is a community that cares about its own.
As November approaches and people begin to get caught up in another hectic holiday season, I am writing to ask for your support in continuing what has become a wonderful Hoboken tradition. The Family & Friends Thanksgiving Dinner does not receive any sponsorship from any organizations or government entities. It is a bona fide pass-the-hat arrangement, and when there’s a fund-raising shortfall, it falls to the central organizers to make up the difference. Last year, the total tally for food and beverage came to nearly $2,400, and all the food we bought went quickly. I know we are living through tough times, and everyone is having to tighten their belts a little bit. However, times like these are when it’s most important for those of us who are able to chip in whatever we can to support community events and services to stand with those less-fortunate and remind ourselves that we are all part of one Hoboken community.
Anything you can chip in to help make this year’s Family & Friends Thanksgiving Dinner a success would be greatly appreciated, whether you can contribute $5 or $500. Please contact me at this e-mail address: jstuiver@gmail.com or call me at 201-978-8977 to ask how you can make your donation, or volunteer serving food at the event on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Thanks so much for whatever you can do, and best wishes in your own Thanksgiving plans.
Best,
Jake Stuiver

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