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YMCA hosts annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the community

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Thanksgiving came early to the YMCA of Broome County Sunday as hundreds gathered for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner and coat drive. The dinner provided both a traditional thanksgiving meal and the opportunity to stock up on warm clothing.

“A lot of the time this may be the only meal they get during the day so if we can make a difference in someone’s life even just for one day it means everything to us,” said Dan Smith, Fund Development Official for the Broome County YMCA.

There was no shortage of food Sunday at the YMCA’s annual Thanksgiving dinner in Johnson City.

“We have about thirty cooked turkeys that people have cooked for us and then a lot of the other food is actually just donations,” Smith said.

While more than 300 meals were served, food wasn’t the only thing the YMCA was giving out Sunday.

“We have our coat drive going on we even had a big donation of socks that were donated from the United Way,” Smith said.

Helping members of the community keep warm as we brace for the cold winter months.

“You get hats, gloves, coats, they give you socks and I love it here because they have good food,” said Michelle Powers of Johnson City.

While also providing a traditional meal for those who may be spending this Thanksgiving away from their families.

“It’s just a blessing, especially people who are far away from their families and maybe thanksgiving they have nowhere to go and they aren’t going to have anything and this makes a day when they have a big family,” said Donna Silva-Aponte of Syracuse.

Silva-Aponte added that the meal also gives everyone an opportunity to slow down and think about the meaning of the Holidays.

“This time of the year everyone is so busy and they aren’t thinking about the real holidays and what they mean and what to be thankful for and this makes you really think about it,” Silva-Aponte said.

The YMCA is already planning to hold the dinner next year and hopes to see it continue to grow.

Jack Arpey

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