November 24, 2017




St. Lawrence Thanksgiving tradition continues

Kathy Delbono and Donna Bednarczuk prepare dozens of bags for the volunteer deliverers

BREWSTER - Over 200 shut-ins enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner thanks to a small army of volunteers who organized, cooked and delivered meals to those in need on Thanksgiving morning.

Under the supervision of Kathy Delbono and Judy Bruen, the 21st annual St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish Thanksgiving program went off without a hitch.

Cooks arrived early and throughout the morning prepared 211 pounds of turkey along with a variety of side dishes that included potatoes, green beans, stuffing, gravy and deserts which were packaged and placed into large bags for delivery.

Delbono called the tradition a “beautiful gift. We all love helping others who are shut-ins and have no place to go on Thanksgiving. The home cooked meal means so much.”

Around 10 am, men, women and children of all ages began their Thanksgiving donation by delivering the goodies to residents of greater Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Lake and Patterson.

Peg Smith has been donating her Thanksgiving morning to the program for the past 20 years. “No more beautiful gift than being able to help others in need by putting a smile on their faces,” Smith said.

Natalie Etienne called it a “pleasure to give back on Thanksgiving morning. I love helping others.”

For Kate Gallagher, the annual giving was a “family tradition. It makes me feel good knowing that my parish has played a small role in making Thanksgiving special.”

Dan LePere along with Ted Galgano and his son, Ted, Jr., have been donating their time on Thanksgiving morning for the past 17 years. “Thanksgiving would not be the same without this tradition,” said the elder Galgano.


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