Many of us have a lot to be thankful for this year- our safety and that of our friends and family, a roof over our heads, and a hot meal. Others, though, are not as fortunate. This Thanksgiving, many organizations and businesses have organized special ways to help those affected by Sandy.
Right outside our window- at St. Mark’s in the Bowery church- a Thanksgiving meal for those without a home or heat will take place on Thursday. Organized by Occupy Sandy, the celebration has been titled Thanksgiving for Sandy Survivors. It will begin at 1pm and last until all of the homemade and donated food runs out.
Another way businesses are giving back on Thanksgiving is by donating their profits to benefit Sandy victims. Il Buco Alimentari e Veneria, located on Great Jones Street in NoHo, is hosting an $85/head family-style dinner. All profits will be donated.
On Monday evening, long-time Meatpacking District favorite the Old Homestead Steakhouse provided an early Thanksgiving meal to survivors of the storm in Far Rockaway and Coney Island. The Daily News, as part of New York Hometown Paper’s hurricane relief campaign, provided 120 residents with transportation into Manhattan to eat the restaurant.
There are also countless ways to give back that are not Village-specific. A Facebook group titled Hurricane Sandy Thanksgiving Adopt a Family for Dinner has been set up to allow people to host a displaced family in their home for a Thanksgiving meal. The Bowery Mission’s Red Door Hunger Drive will serve 9,000 Thanksgiving dinners to those in need throughout the boroughs. The Food Bank for New York City will also be providing thousands of holiday meals.
We’re sure there are many other events and meals occurring in the Village to support Sandy victims….if you know of any, please share them with us!