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Members of The Santiago Iglesias Educational Society and The Bronx Acorn Club volunteers at St. Joan of Arc Church in The Bronx.
On November 24, 2011, Thanksgiving Day, over 50 members, officers and family members of The Santiago Iglesias Educational Society and The Bronx Acorn Electrical Club volunteered to help those less fortunate then themselves. In a day of service they set up, prepared and served a Thanksgiving Day meal to the needy men, women and children from the community surrounding St. Joan of Arc Church in the Bronx.
This event, which began over 15 years ago, averaged about 150 community members who would come to receive a Thanksgiving meal. This past year these Local 3 volunteers fed well over 300 people. Both clubs donated 20 turkeys along with canned goods, juices, soda and all the trimmings that help provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
The need for coats and clothing became apparent 13 years ago, and so a clothing and canned food drive was started. Over the years the members of both clubs have donated thousands of articles of clean, used clothing and spend several hours each Thanksgiving morning sorting and arranging all the clothing.
All of the generosity is greatly appreciated by everyone who shows up that day and when the last meal is served all of the volunteers reflect on how fortunate we are and to appreciate what so many of us take for granted.
Local 3 Business Representative Benjamin Arana, Examining Board member Luis Alvarez, S.I.E.S. President Pedro Besonia, Vice President Al Mendez and Trustee Antonio Abreu with member’s children who volunteered.