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Catholic Charities Thanksgiving basket giveaway sign-up is almost over

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(WBNG) -- Each year, Catholic Charities of Broome County distributes baskets complete with everything a family would need for their Thanksgiving meal and this year that giveaway is no different.

The process behind it, however, is different this year.

Catholic Charities staff explained normally people sign up in person, but this year, due to the pandemic, it's all happening by calling 2-1-1.

The non-profit said on average about 2,000 baskets are given out, and that's looking about the same this year.

Director of Emergency Services Mary Whitcombe added, "We just want everyone to feel like they can take this day, they've got the food and they can have a nice, family meal."

She suggested the lack of increase in baskets this year is because there are less people who often sign up for a basket that receive different food benefit services because of more benefits being offered, and and more families that may not qualify for those benefits, but are still struggling due to the pandemic are signing up.

Sign-up ends Friday, October 16.

To learn more, click here.

Julia Gorman

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