YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A holiday fundraising event at the Yorktown Burger King has resulted in a $600 donation to the Yorktown Community Help, a local food pantry.

The “Dining to Donate” event was held Dec. 16 at the fast food restaurant located at 385 Downing Drive. Twenty percent of the evening's sales were donated to the food pantry.

“Yorktown Community Help would like to thank the management of our local Burger King for their successful promotion to benefit the food pantry,” said David Humphrey, one of the directors of the organization. “They collected well over 100 pounds of canned goods, and the Dec. 16 event, coupled with a collection box near the registers, resulted in a $600 cash donation to help fund our efforts.”

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As a 100-percent volunteer organization, Yorktown Community Help relies on the generosity of local businesses, churches, organizations and individuals for both food and monetary donations as well as community service time.

“The spirit of giving during the holiday season is always heartwarming, but a program like this can help fund our efforts well into the new year,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey credited both franchise owner Peg Caniff and assistant manager Matthew Fitzgerald for proposing the event.

“As a business owner in the community, I feel it is important to give back to the community that we do business in,” Caniff said. “We need the support of the community to stay in business and we also need to show our support to those in need. We thank you for the opportunity to give back to those in need!”

Yorktown Community Help is the oldest, continuously operating food pantry in town serving Yorktown residents exclusively for more than 50 years. Non-perishable foods are distributed year-round on a monthly basis. It is a totally independent, not-for-profit organization with all work accomplished by volunteers—there are no paid employees. They are located in the YCCC building, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, and can be contacted at 914-962-1144.