EDISON, NJ – Martina Cruz gives thanks each year for the Annual Turkey Giveaway that took place on November 22 at the Edison Housing Authority (EHA), where she lives with her son and granddaughter.
“My family has really benefited from this program,” she explained. “The money I save on buying a Thanksgiving dinner, I am able to spend on other necessities. I also love that the Housing Authority gives other food products like cereal that we use on a daily basis.”
That’s a sentiment shared by Cruz’s neighbor Doris Bradly who lives alone. “I am thankful I can enjoy a good meal on a special day like Thanksgiving.”
The Turkey Giveaway is a community effort, supported by the EHA’s commissioners, Edison Township, and a number of donations from the EHA’s service providers, which include EHA Chair Carlos N. Sanchez, Commissioner Chris Mazauskas, McLaughlin Stauffer & Shaklee, P.C., Polcari & Company, Netconnect, Breslin & Breslin, Stateside Affairs, Federal Business Center, Inc., Shoprite of Edison, and Hymanson, Parnes & Giampaolo.
“The Turkey Giveaway brings the community together to give a helping hand to those who need one, which is especially felt during the holiday season,” said Carlos N. Sanchez, chair of the Board of Commissioners. “This is truly a team effort for a great cause. The Turkey Giveaway is an effort, fueled by amazing generosity, that makes a difference in so many lives.”
This year’s Turkey Giveaway provided many households at EHA with a reason to celebrate, that is a Thanksgiving with a table laden with traditional dishes.
“Everyone’s efforts provided us the opportunity to feed 150 families that came out last Friday to receive dry goods and turkeys,” reported Deborah Hurley, EHA executive director. “We even had a few packages left over to provide to our Section 8 families that participated in our ‘Homeownership Program’ on Saturday morning. We truly could not have provided our families with these resources, if it weren’t for our donors’ prompt responses.”