Kiwanis Club delivers Thanksgiving
by Andrew Shilling
Dec 04, 2013 | 2130 views | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Maspeth Federal Savings bank employees Maggie Citko and Anegla Settino put Thanksgiving baskets together for the community.
Maspeth Federal Savings bank employees Maggie Citko and Anegla Settino put Thanksgiving baskets together for the community.
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Pictured left to right are Maggie Citko, Anegla Settino, Kiwanis of Middle Village president Al Gentile, secretary Jill Nicolois, board member JP DiTroia and Astoria Federal Savings bank employee Gregory Marinescu.
Pictured left to right are Maggie Citko, Anegla Settino, Kiwanis of Middle Village president Al Gentile, secretary Jill Nicolois, board member JP DiTroia and Astoria Federal Savings bank employee Gregory Marinescu.
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JP DiTroia, Al Gentile and Jill Nicolois
JP DiTroia, Al Gentile and Jill Nicolois
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For those in the community who had it hard this Thanksgiving, the Kiwanis Club of Middle Village expanded its now three-year tradition of delivering turkey dinners for the holidays.

In 2010, the first year the club delivered turkeys to the needy, they gathered 30 holiday baskets from surrounding grocery stores and in the second year they increased their donation to 50 meals.

This year, the club doubled its efforts with a total of 100 dinners for the underserved in Queens.

“We do everything but cook and serve,” said Kiwanis president Al Gentile. “This is a very rewarding experience for me personally, and if we can help people have a nicer Thanksgiving then that’s what it’s all about.”

At the end of the day, dozens of Thanksgiving dinners were delivered to soup kitchens in Far Rockaway, the Notre Dame Academy in Ridgewood, Saints Joachim and Anne School in Queens Village, and St. Margaret’s Catholic School in Middle Village, as well as to a number of individual families.

“This is all we do,” Gentile said. “We try and fundraise as much as we can throughout the course of the year and as soon as the fundraiser is over, the board is already planning on where to donate any of the proceeds.”

J.P. DiTroia, the New York District Kiwanis membership chair and member of the Middle Village club, joined Gentile again this year to help deliver the turkey baskets.

DiTroia noted the importance of recruiting more volunteers to help with future events, and said the reward is simply something that money cannot buy.

“We get paid from the smiles that we get seeing the children when we do these things and the accolades from people,” he said “I’ll tell you, it’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling.”

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