AMNY’s Rajvi Desai reports that if it were up to Miguel Perdomo, no Harlemite would go hungry on Thanksgiving.
Be it a family from a nearby shelter tucking leftovers into a bag or a 90-year-old woman hesitating at the door, Perdomo has made sure that everyone who comes to his annual Thanksgiving dinner leaves with a full belly and a happy heart.
“I always stand by the door, encouraging people to come in. You sit down, grab a plate, listen to some music, talk to some people,” Perdomo, 56, said. “I let my crew know, we’re not turning nobody away on Thanksgiving Day.”
Perdomo, who has worked as a United States Postal Service mail carrier in East Harlem for 16 years, has been serving free Thanksgiving dinners to about 300 people from his community on the fourth Thursday of November for the past decade.
The meal, which costs $1,000 to $1,200 each year, is partly funded by Perdomo’s fellow letter carriers and clerks at the USPS Hellgate Station on East 110th Street. Most of them contribute $20 each, and Perdomo covers the rest.
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