LES School Again Raising Money to Buy Thanksgiving Turkeys for its Students in Need

Posted on: November 14th, 2019 at 5:06 am by

Photo: PS 140 Turkey Drive 2018, William Bray

For the second year in a row, the folks at P.S. 140 Nathan Straus School are giving back to the community this Thanksgiving. This time, the PTA is doubling down, aiming to donate 200 turkeys to students and their families in need for the upcoming holiday. So far, $540 of the $4,000 goal has been raised.

Last year, the drive’s success in raising funds for 100 turkeys sparked significant momentum within the community; neighborhood businesses caught wind of the fundraiser and additionally provided pies, canned goods and stuffing to round out a complete Thanksgiving dinner for all recipients.

“I was truly touched by the outpouring of support for our families and school,” said William Bray on the GoFundMe page. “I knew what we had accomplished together, as a community, was going to warm many hearts and feed many people within our circle.”

The Ridge Street school reportedly has one of the highest rates of attendees from low-income families in the city, of which includes students living in local shelters who are bused in on a daily basis.

This year, turkeys will be purchased from Bronx-based meat distributor Nebraskaland; the price per bird is estimated at $1.44 per pound, for a 12-14 pound bird.

Thanksgiving is two weeks away; buy a turkey for a Lower East Side family in need by donating here.

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