Mercy House in Jersey City will giveaway 300 to 400 Thanksgiving turkeys on Monday


Through the Archdiocese of Newark, the Mercy House in Jersey City will giveaway 300 to 400 Thanksgiving turkeys on Monday.

Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Newark.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Thanksgiving is a special time of year, but unfortunately, not all families can afford to celebrate it,” Mercy House Director Cheryl A. Riley said in a statement.

“We coordinate this giveaway every year because we want to help our community members who are struggling to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and possibly create good memories with their loved ones.”

Since the Mercy House opened new locations in Elizabeth and Jersey City this past year, donations were especially needed to meet the increased number of people seeking assistance with food and essentials.

Fortunately, many archdiocesan parishes, schools, and parishioners generously contributed more this year to meet the growing demand. Organizations and individuals beyond the Archdiocese provided substantial assistance, as well.

One private donor contributed $3,500 worth of turkeys, while Belleville wedding venue Nanina’s in the Park donated 20 large baskets of food.

“It’s heartwarming and encouraging to see so many people come together to provide for those in need, especially at the holidays,” added Annette Miller, associate director of The Mercy House, who coordinated donation efforts for the Thanksgiving Giveaway.

“Now that we have three Mercy House locations, we are able to assist more people in our communities.”

The turkeys will be distributed by The Mercy House in Jersey City on November 20th and in Newark on November 21st while supplies last (The Mercy House’s Elizabeth location already held its giveaway this month).

Additionally, it will provide side dishes like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce — everything required to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for their loved ones.

The giveaway will begin at 11 a.m. at each site and operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

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