Our Lady of Grace hosts Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless

One Gravesend house of worship is really getting into the giving spirit this holiday season.

After hosting yet another successful Christmas Fair earlier in the month, Our Lady of Grace Parish put together a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless on Thursday, November 24.

“Some people donated turkeys, A & S Pork Store on Avenue X donated and then volunteers cooked them in the cafeteria or at home,” said active parishioner and volunteer Mary Ann De Luca of the day, organized by Jaime McFarland with the help of Annette Bonzino. “Almost 20 people came from the homeless program and it was just really, really nice.”

De Luca said that the dinner is a continuation of a turkey giveaway that used to take place at the now-shuttered El Greco Diner.

“We wanted to do it at OLG in the cafeteria so we asked Annette to get names of people and we organized a bus to bring people over,” De Luca added. “Our Lady of Grace does treat the homeless on Wednesday and Friday but this is the first time we did this because El Greco doesn’t exist anymore. We had a lot of volunteers, some Boy Scouts came and we had so much food. We want to do it every year.”

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