Story by Sue Kariker
Photo by Destry Carr
NEW YORK – Thousands of American Red Cross volunteers donating their time to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy faced being away from family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The New York City chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association responded with a donation of its own: A full Thanksgiving dinner for more than 300 Red Crossers on duty at the relief operation headquarters in Manhattan.
“Our association wanted to recognize the outpouring of help given by the Red Cross and other charitable organizations,” said James Versocki, counsel for the association’s New York chapter.
The restaurateurs’ offer reached Frank Sledjeski, a Red Cross in-kind donations volunteer who coordinated the appreciation lunch.
“The restaurant community is incredibly giving. With so many restaurants affected by the hurricane, they still wanted to thank the many people that helped,” Versocki said.