A partnership between two area-based businesses help make this Thanksgiving a little easier for hundreds of area residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Lowe's in Paramus gave out hundreds of family-style Thanksgiving meals from Boston Market to area folks on Wednesday morning. Store volunteers were joined by by Congressman Scott Garrett and NJ Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf who took part in giving out the meals and wishing folks a Happy Thanksgiving.
Lowe's and Boston Market partnered up to feed 22,000 families this holiday at the tri-state area Lowe's locations which were affected by Hurricane Sandy the most.
In the Bergen County area, meals were given out at the Paramus and East Rutherford locations. Paramus Lowe's store manager John Marzocca said the store was giving out 500 bags, each which contained six meals, feeding 3,000 people in total.
"This is really wonderful," said Eileen Howe of Maywood who was extremely grateful to these two businesses for their generosity. She said she's been disabled for most of her life and there's not always a lot of help for people in her situation. She says the free meals will help her feed for awhile.
Congressman Garrett said he commends Lowe's and Boston Market for coming together to help these area residents. He says their efforts shows true community spirit during a difficult time like this.
"The storm affected a lot of people but also brought out resiliency and sense of community and this is a partnership of businesses and citizens, the state and the federal government got involved too in getting people back to normal life and it's a wonderful thing to be part of," said Cerf.
People had their choice of ham or turkey dinners which came with mashed potatoes and corn. The Lowe's workers said they would continue to give out meals until they ran out of supplies.