The New York Foundling hosted its annual “Let Us Give Thanks” for college students in foster care at the New York Hotel Wednesday.

The Thanksgiving celebration invited students in foster care participating in the organization’s Dormitory Project—who might not have families of their own to celebrate with—to come together for the holiday and give thanks while building new relationships with other students participating in the program.

Students enjoyed a catered meal and had the opportunity to make no-bake desserts with chef Ivana McCotter from Williams-Sonoma.

The Dormitory Project targets foster youth within the 17 to 24 age group from any foster care provider in New York City, and provides a wide range of supports—academic, social, financial, and professional—to prepare students for long-term success.