For over twenty years, Michele Hart-Loughin, Susin Christador, and John McCarthy have been feeding the hungry a holiday feast during the week between Christmas and New Years.
With the assistance of local charitable organizations, the holiday luncheon has continued to grow. Yesterday, more than 250 people in need were provided with a hot meal, a hat and scarf, and a to-go container with a second helping.
Hosting this annual event is no small feat. Many volunteers and organizations contribute to its success. Judy Banes of the On Our Own self help center (179 Main Street) spreads the word to those in need. The Christ Church donates the use of their hall and kitchen. The Hackensack Rotary sponsors the event through the donation of the turkeys and vegetables. The Hackensack Golf Club donates hams. Michele, Susin, and John prepare the meals and coordinate the event with the assistance of the Hackensack Rotarians and their families.
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