Salvation Army Discusses Need, Importance For Donations This Holiday, Profiles Business Owners Helping Your Community


Thanksgiving is a week away, and many families are struggling to put food on their tables, with the cost of the average Thanksgiving meal rising by 13.5% from last year – and the cost of turkeys going up by 73%. To help New Yorkers in need, The Salvation Army is holding numerous Thanksgiving distribution events throughout the Greater New York region. 
On November 17, four Corps donated full holiday meals to people in Hempstead, Staten Island, and Spring Valley.
Times of remaining future events can be found in the article below, followed by a profile of a local Long Island business owner challenging other local businesses to help families in need.
Salvation Army representatives stress the importance of giving this holiday season and the impact that the organization has on its communities. 


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NEW YORK – Thanksgiving is looking grim for thousands of families and individuals this year, as the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is expected to be 13.5% more than last year, and the price of turkey alone is going up 73 percent. Rising inflation and economic strains make it hard for many to makes ends meet, let alone enjoy the holiday, which is why The Salvation Army Greater New York Division is continuing its longstanding tradition of providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need.  

The following is a select list of The Salvation Army Corps locations throughout the Greater New York region where holiday meals will be distributed and/or served in time for Thanksgiving. Note: amounts vary by location, so best to contact local Corps for specific information  

  • Westbury – Nov. 16 at 11am  
  • Beacon – Nov. 16 at 9:30am  
  • Hempstead – Nov. 17 at 12pm 
  • Port Richmond – Nov. 17 at 11am  
  • Spring Valley –Nov. 17 at 6pm 
  • Stapleton – Nov 17 at 10am 
  • Sunset Park – Nov. 18 at 10am 
  • Kingston – Nov. 18 at 9:30am  
  • Flushing – Nov. 20 at 12pm  
  • Harlem Temple – Nov. 21-22 at 9am  
  • Bronx Citadel – Nov. 22 at 1pm 
  • Port Jervis – Nov. 22 at 1pm 
  • Yonkers – Nov. 22 1pm 
  • Newburgh – Nov. 23 at 10am & 1pm 
  • Poughkeepsie – Nov. 23 at 9am  


Bob Jesberger Challenges Other New York Businesses to Step Up to the Table and Give Thanksgiving to Thousands More Families in Need  

Bob Jesberger, owner of Mid Island Collision Centers, based in Rockville Centre, NY, alongside Salvation Army Officers from the Westbury, LI Corps, which provides families and individuals in the community year-round support, food, and help with shelter – and, at Christmastime, toys for children  

Local business owner Bob Jesberger is refusing to let New Yorkers go hungry this Thanksgiving. He’s teaming up with The Salvation Army Greater NY for the second year in a row to help thousands of families celebrate Thanksgiving with a hearty meal. 

He’s calling it “Chickens & Fixins” — with a turkey shortage and a 73% price increase in turkeys over last year, Jesberger got creative and is providing chicken meals instead of turkey to 2,261 families throughout New York, for a total donation of $67500 

This event occurred Wednesday morning at 11am at the  Westbury Corps Community Center, 992 Prospect Avenue Westbury, NY 

How giant is the need? Inflation, eviction notices, hunger and more have put thousands of local families and residents at risk  

All children deserve at least one gift at Christmas. More than 3,000 children throughout NY will not have a Christmas this year – but there’s still time to sign up for the nonprofit’s annual Angel Tree gift program: 


An integral part of the community for 132 years, The Salvation Army Greater New York Division operates more than 100 community and social-service programs, serving more than one million people a year, regardless of race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. Since COVID-19, it has served more than 7 million meals. For more information, visit 

Banner Image: Thanksgiving dinner. Image Credit – Pro Church Media


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The Salvation Army annually helps more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,000 centers of operation around the country. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked No. 2 on the list of "America's Favorite Charities" by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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