Local Small Biz Owner Provides Thanksgiving Dinner For Thousands, Encourages Other Biz Owners To Donate As Well

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According to Patch.com, “Jesberger is challenging Long Islanders to match, or beat, his $65,000 donation. Last year, the auto body owner donated $30,000 for a Salvation Army holiday toy drive.”

Local Businessman’s Donation Provides Thanksgiving Dinners for Thousands of NY Families 

Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway at Salvation Army

Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway at Salvation Army

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, which will be a grim one for thousands of New Yorkers. Inflation, evictions, Covid and more are making life even more difficult for those who struggle to make ends meet. While the Thanksgiving holiday has always been a day when we give thanks for all we have, for some families, sadly, it is a day when putting food on the table can be a challenge.  

Chickens & Fixins at Westbury Corps by Salvation Army GNY

Chickens & Fixins at Westbury Corps by Salvation Army GNY


And yet there are individuals who step up at a time like this and dig deep to give generously to others. This year, local business owner Bob Jesberger, teamed up with The Salvation Army Greater New York and donated over $65,000 to purchase thousands of meals just in time for Thanksgiving. With turkeys in short supply at very expensive prices this year, Jesberger got creative and hosted a “Chickens & Fixins” event instead – supplying meals to 2,261 families throughout New York.  

Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway at Salvation Army

Chickens & Fixins Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway at Salvation Army

Jesberger is the owner of Mid Island Collision Centers, based in Rockville Centre.  

“We applaud and thank Bob Jesberger for making a difference in the lives of so many New York families,” said Major Marcus Jugenheimer, General Secretary of The Salvation Army of Greater New York.  “Many people take sitting down with loved ones to enjoy a holiday meal on Thanksgiving for granted. Bob realizes this is not the case and stepped up to do something about it. He’s a model for businesses and people in New York who can give during the holiday season and throughout the year.  

Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway at Salvation Army

Chickens & Fixins Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway at Salvation Army

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. For more information, visit salvationarmyny.org. 

All Image: Thanksgiving Giveaway at the Salvation Army. All Images Credit – Salvation Army Greater NY


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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 SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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