Today while most of us may be fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving with family and loved ones, there are still many out there who cannot for various reasons, whether economic or simply that they are just alone for the holidays. For the past 33 years, Immaculate Conception Church on East 150th Street at the corner of Melrose Avenue has been filling that void through volunteers from the parish and even youth from the school and the community.
It was a great to watch our community at work - dozens of eager volunteers, cheerfully welcoming the people, engaging them in conversation and basically giving them more than just a plate of food - human companionship. They were even treated to table service and all they had to do was sit down, relax and the food was brought directly to them by their particular server.
Here's a big Melrose THANK YOU to everyone at Immaculate Conception Church for their years of dedication to the community, one which was abandoned by many but never by Immaculate during the worst of times.