WESTFIELD NJ —  With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Westfield residents are getting into the holiday spirit with plans to prepare their traditional autumn feasts. For some, the holiday season also entails a time of coming together and helping the community. 

Westfield’s Fun Club is holding their annual Thanksgiving food drive this year to provide refugees across the Union County area with holiday meals. 

“It’s something we’ve always done,” said Jenny Tananbaum, co-founder of the Fun Club. 

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The club is collecting Thanksgiving food to feed about 18 families for the holiday. Wanted items include turkeys, vegetables, stuffing, deserts and utensils.

The Fun Club was founded in 2016 by Westfield residents Alissa Berger and Tananbaum. It helps provide educational opportunities for refugees along with safe places for them to learn, dance, play, create art and focus on their social-emotional learning. 

The Thanksgiving initiative is another way for the club to help the refugees. “We wanted to share an American holiday with them,” Berger said. 

Throughout the pandemic, the Fun Club provided meals for over 125 families across New Jersey, according to organizers.

“Even in the crazy, sad, frustrating time as this, they have the support and love of a community,” Tananbaum said. 

Berger and Tananbaum are grateful for the community support in donations and encourage everyone to help if they can. 

“This year, more than ever, we hope to spread love to our refugee friends,” they wrote. 

To sign up for a donation slot, visit the club’s Sign Up Genius page. All items must be dropped off by Nov. 21, with the exception of turkey donations, which must be donated by 10 a.m. on Nov. 22. 

For more information contact the Fun Club at westfieldfunclub@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

Annika Vesuna is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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