NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Christmas morning started early on the Upper West Side.
There were turkeys to carve, pies and cakes to slice, and cider to pour- all to make Christmas just a little cheerier for New Yorkers with nowhere else to go
Goddard Riverside Community Center opened its doors to a thousand New Yorkers and offered up warm meals and welcoming smiles.
“There are a lot of people here living in the streets as well as people who have homes and just don’t have any family here,” said Brianne Kilpatrick, the manager of community and corporate engagement of Goddard Riverside.
300 volunteers worked to pull off the annual event.
Some of the neediest New Yorkers can’t leave their home, and Citymeals on Wheels made sure they weren’t forgotten.
Beth Shapiro is executive director of Citymeals on Wheels, which celebrated its 35th birthday by delivering 23,000 meals to homebound seniors across the city.
“The people we're serving have typically outlived family, friends often their own children, they are alone, the majority live alone, 8 percent see no one other than the person delivering their meal every day,” said Shapiro.
It's why Adrianne Dias decided to spend her Christmas morning giving back.
“I’m actually going to have dinner with my grandmother later, but there are a lot of grandmas that don’t have anyone to have dinner with so I figured I would do this beforehand,” said Dias.
Citymeals on Wheels had 500 men and women volunteers, and there were thousands of volunteers with all different organizations working in the area trying to bring a little cheer to those less fortunate. The nonprofits said they can use this kind of help all year round- not just on big holidays like Christmas.