The Archdiocese of Newark’s Mercy House is distributing approximately 200 free turkeys to families in need during its Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Giveaway on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m.
All who visit The Mercy House’s Newark location (620 Clinton Ave.) will receive one turkey as well as one bag of side dishes like stuffing and cranberry sauce—everything required to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for their loved ones. Additionally, families with young children will get a gift bag filled with crayons and other fun treats. The giveaway will operate on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
This year’s Thanksgiving Giveaway is made possible entirely through The Mercy House’s donors, who contributed 100% of the items being distributed. These benefactors include archdiocesan employees, who held a food drive at their Pastoral Center in Newark. Leah and Bobby Antonicello of Grid Real Estate also supplied 100 turkeys, while the Cheer Me Up Foundation provided 20 large baskets of poultry and sides.
Opened in 2018 as a center for pregnant and parenting women, The Mercy House has since expanded its mission to support anyone in need. Today it provides nonperishable food, clothing, baby supplies, furniture, and help finding work and housing to all who visit its Newark location every Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.rcan.org/respect-life/mercy-house.