Wash Height Org Set To Host Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

Gus Saltonstall

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY — The holidays give added reason to come together as a community, and one Washington Heights organization is looking to give back to its neighbors for Thanksgiving.

On Nov. 24, the Community League of the Heights will host its 11th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. at 500 West 159th Street and last until 2 p.m.

CLOTH is set to give out a plethora of turkeys, more than typical years due to the financial difficulties that the coronavirus pandemic has brought along.

Residents and families from Washington Heights, Inwood, Hamilton Heights, and the Bronx will receive priority on the turkeys, according to a news release about the event.

"This year you need to maintain consistency for so many lives and hold true to the traditions that ground families in our society," said Yvonee Stennett, Executive Director of CLOTH, in a news release.

Stennett first started working at CLOTH as a youth advisory counselor more than 40 years ago.

CLOTH is a "community development corporation dedicated to building equitable, prosperous, and healthy northern Manhattan neighborhoods," according to its Facebook.

Community League of the Heights has served the Upper Manhattan community for 68 years.

You can find out more about what CLOTH does in Inwood and Washington Heights on its website.

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This article originally appeared on the Washington Heights-Inwood Patch