Thanksgiving in a Box sends out 880 holiday meals, beating goal

A Pelham interfaith group put together Thanksgiving meals for 880 Westchester families through the Thanksgiving in a Box program, exceeding its goal for this holiday season of 800.

The group included Huguenot Memorial Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pelham Jewish Center, St. Catharine’s Parish, Christ Church, Pelham Community Church and Bronxville Reformed Nursery School.

The volunteer effort started 13 years ago with a goal of 10 boxes, and every year since the target has gone up. This year was the most successful to date.

Tina Constable, a founder and organizer of Thanksgiving in a Box, said the program is important to those it serves. “The need is real, and it is right next door to us,” she said

Manor Market helped out the program this year. People could call the grocery store, pay with a check or credit card and the store would set up the whole box. This saved people time and resulted in more donations.

The boxes go to families in need in Port Chester, Tarrytown, Mount Vernon, Yonkers and Pelham.