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Eastchester Food Pantry Still in Need

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The idea that someone may not have a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving made eight-year-old Tuckahoe resident Dyllan Corrado very sad.

"But it's special that we can help," Corrado said when she realized she could.

After reading about the need for Thanksgiving turkeys on The Daily Eastchester, Dyllan and her mom Stephanie went out and purchased several turkeys for the Eastchester Community Action Program (ECAP).

Dyllan, who is a third grader at WE Cottle Elementary School in Tuckahoe, and her mom promised to return to the pantry this weekend with some fresh vegetables and potatoes.

ECAP Director Chalene Lambrecht was happy to have the donations. With Thanksgiving five days away, Lambrecht still has many Thanksgiving baskets without turkeys.

"We have been delivering food baskets to the seniors for the last few days," Lambrecht said. "After we are finished with them we have to get baskets ready for our families with children."

Lambrecht has a list of more than 250 homes that are hoping she will deliver the makings for a Thanksgiving Day dinner. The pantry does have some applesauce, canned vegetables and cake mixes to make corn bread, but last Tuesday there were no turkeys in the freezer.

She is opening ECAP on Saturday hoping to put together more baskets, and hoping for more donations.

"I have heard from several groups that they are bringing food to us, but it just has not gotten here yet," Lambrecht said. "I remain prayerful and hopeful that we are going to get a lot of stuff from the wonderful people in the community who always fill our pantry."

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