Following the Santa Parade, Volunteers of America's Santas and their signature chimneys will be stationed across Manhattan on Fridays ringing their bells and raising money for the Holiday Food Voucher program. Rather than relying on a food pantry or soup kitchen, these vouchers allow individuals and families to shop for a holiday meal that is special to them, and respects the fact that they may have health or dietary restriction.
Here is a look at the event:
A beloved New York tradition for over a century, Volunteers of America's Sidewalk Santas on parade through Midtown Manhattan on the morning after Thanksgiving are a welcome sight to New Yorkers and visitors alike, serving as a gentle seasonal reminder that many of our neighbors struggle to put food on their table throughout the year. Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s oldest and largest human services organizations, serving nearly 50,000 people in need in the Greater New York area every year. Their mission is to empower the men, women and children they serve to live safe, healthy, and productive lives.
Donations can also be made on line at www.sidewalksantanyc.org