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Hard working students and their families are enjoying a Thanksgiving treat courtesy of the Good Shepherd Services Red Hook Community Center Beacon. The community center provides Thanksgiving feasts hosted by community volunteers, mostly students from the center's after-school programs.
BROOKLYN, NY (Catholic Online) - The Beacon centers, of which there are 80, provide services and opportunities to kids in addition to weekend and evening activities for families throughout New York. On Thanksgiving, kids and volunteers have an opportunity to serve hot turkey their friends and neighbors.
The annual celebration at the Red Hook Beacon has been a tradition for 20 years, since it was established in 1991. Food is donated by the Great Performances catering company.
The Thanksgiving tradition is part of the youth development activities at the center. Kids learn the value and rewards of service and grow as a result. According to the center, many of the center's kids have become social workers after graduating college, continuing their tradition of service to the community.
The center runs from 3-6 pm at PS 15 in Brooklyn. The center relies on donations and volunteers to operate.
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