Briella TomassettiNov 12, 2017, 8:10 pmNov 13, 2017, 2:39 pm

Volunteers gift Thanksgiving meals to underserved families

Do-gooders wrap holiday baskets built for a feast in Syosset

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SYOSSET — Dozens of families are hard at work packing baskets to make sure everyone has food on the table this Thanksgiving.

Volunteers at the United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York in Syosset spent their Sunday packing baskets, which will be personally delivered to those people in need.

"Today, we're bringing a Thanksgiving meal -- for lack of a better word. We give them a gift certificate to buy a turkey as Thanksgiving gets closer, but we provide them with plates, napkins, all vegetables, cranberries, drinks and so forth," Woodbury native Chris Smith said.

The UJA Federation of New York impacts the lives of those close to home and abroad with its reach extending to nearly 70 different countries around the world. The non-profit helps about 4.5 million people every year.

"We want to make sure that people in need of being serviced have food on the table, that the kids feel cared for, seniors feel cared for, and we can do this with UJA and all of our volunteers," said Orna Sheena of the UJA Federation of NY.

The Thanksgiving baskets will not only help poverty-stricken families but also feed homebound seniors and veterans.

Volunteers hope the baskets will bring people joy despite the hardships they might be going through.

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