HARRISON, N.Y. -- Ten families living at the Coachman Family Center in White Plains received full Thanksgiving meals thanks to the generosity of employees at the Southern Westchester BOCES Rye Brook and Harrison offices.
The Thanksgiving drive, which was established 10 years ago and spearheaded by the BOCES Homeless Student Program, included a large donation of much needed items including all of the food items needed for a yummy Thanksgiving dinner.
BOCES Harrison employees Maria McGinty and Dina Roselli helped organize the drive at their office; while Chris Jansen, a treasurer at the BOCES Rye Brook office, collected goods from workers at that location.
“I absolutely love doing this every year,” said Roselli, a Harrison resident. “I think that people don’t realize there are so many families, including neighbors in our own backyard, who do not have enough food on their tables each night.”
Roselli added that when she started the drive 10 years ago, they were able to put together supplies for two complete dinners: “I’m beyond happy that we could help 10 families this year,” she added.
The BOCES Student Homeless Program was established in 1989 in collaboration with the Westchester County Department of Social Services and The Urban League of Westchester.