More than four hundred Williamsburg residents came out to the Church of God of Prophecy on South 1st Street for the Thanksgiving celebration organized by Southside United HDFC – Los Sures last week.
This is the 12th year of the annual Thanksgiving feast put together by the Southside-based non-profit. Over the years it has continued to meet the growing needs of low-income Williamsburg residents, who find it increasingly hard to celebrate the holidays with the growing rents and cost of living in North Brooklyn.
“We have held this event for 12 years now, and every year it has grown,” said Ramon Peguero, the Executive Director of Los Sures. “We are glad to see the community participate and come together to celebrate this American tradition, but the high attendance also highlights the growing need of the population as costs continue to increase.”
“Nevertheless, we’re very thankful for the participation of the entire neighborhood from the volunteers who helped cook and serve the food to the business leaders that donated resources for the event,” he added.
Almo Group Corp., Dime Bank, Food Bazaar, and Mamita’s Foods were among those sponsors that made the event possible.
At the event, Los Sures also raffled off 100 turkeys to local families giving them a second chance to celebrate the holiday – this time on the actual day and at home.
“Bringing residents together is vital to creating a sustainable and understanding community,” said Iris Minaya, a community organizer at Los Sures. “We hope that the turkeys that we give away will help families celebrate thanksgiving individually and take part in this long American tradition, as they may otherwise not be able to.”