NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A group of volunteers from Brooklyn made Thanksgiving extra special for a community destroyed by a fire. They brought a huge meal to people who are now without their homes and places to cook.
Volunteers from the non-profit organization Masbia told CBS2’s Thalia Perez on Thursday that they wanted to give the residents of 222 Lenox Road something to get excited about. So they took over the lobby of their building and served an extensive Thanksgiving meal.
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“I have my grandson and my grandchildren, and they come over to eat, and they can not, you know, they will not even come. They are not here today because they do not want to visit me. They say that grandmother have no gas, “said Mella Alexander.
A violent fire tore through the rental building on November 3rd. Firefighters said it reached four alarms before they were able to get it under control. And when it was over, almost 20 apartments were considered uninhabitable and the rest were without gas. Residents like a woman named Shirley who was displaced said they were affected by the friendly gesture.
“I’m grateful, you know, the people and God for giving them the strength to feed us,” Shirley said.
“It’s a good thing to help those people in need, especially in a time like this where people are going through so many difficulties with coronavirus. It’s a good thing. I appreciate it,” said Simon Edward.
The Masbia relief team brought in all the prepared food, soups and bread. They were equipped to feed everyone, including their loved ones.
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Masbia’s CEO Alexander Rapaport said it collected up to about 500 plates of food.
“The hardest day to volunteer is Thanksgiving in the afternoon, and see what’s going on here. We have dozens and dozens of people manning tables and filling up these dishes,” Rapaport said.
Rapaport said no details were overlooked while the event was being put together. Irene Thomas, who lives on the fifth floor, is without gas, but she donated her time and made several West Indian dishes to add to the party.
“We are all grateful that we have life. We are all here and that is all that matters,” Thomas said.
Residents said their hearts were as full as their stomachs.
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CBS2’s Thalia Perez contributed to this report.