Camden, Flyers give hundreds of residents an early Thanksgiving

Paul Kurtz
November 21, 2018 - 2:51 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Thanksgiving dinner was served a day early for nearly 200 people in Camden thanks to the efforts of the city's neighborhood center and Philadelphia Flyers charities. 

Rick Halverson was among more than 50 team staffers and community volunteers who arrived early in the morning to begin prepping for the noon feast.

"We come out here every year to this great center that's been around for 106 years, continue to help feed people and serve the people of Camden," he said.

They handled everything from setting up tables to chopping veggies, and helping the chef in the kitchen. 

"We have turkey, we have ham, green beans, mashed and sweet potatoe," Halverson told KYW Newsradio.

Former Flyers greats Bob Kelly and Brad Marsh also rolled up their sleeves and helped serve.

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"We kinda do whatever it takes around here. We come in, assess the situation, tell us what you want us to do and we'll do it," said Kelley. 

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"This year I'm on vegetable duty, peeling carrots. Luckily someone beat me to the onion station," said Marsh.

It's all good fun for a serious cause.

Mike Landis, the director, says together with Tuesday's community marketplace, which offered free canned and packaged goods, more than 2,000 neighbors were served. 

"Most of the folks that depend on us are in low-wage jobs and they just can't make ends meet with a low-wage job. So they need a little bit of support from their friends and neighbors, and that's what they do."