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Marlboro Residents Get Free Turkeys

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McWhite at the Giveaway

This Thanksgiving, over 200 residents of Gravesend’s Marlboro Houses will have a turkey roasting in the oven thanks to the efforts and generosity of one woman: Sara Lee McWhite.

McWhite, who grew up at the Brooklyn housing project and still lives there, has been giving away turkeys to the houses’ neediest residents around Thanksgiving Day for the last 16 years. She also gives out toys to the development’s underprivileged children at Christmastime.

Though officially a community coordinator for the New York City Housing Authority, McWhite runs these events on her own.

“I ain’t Rockefeller,” she said. “But this is me, this isn’t Housing.”

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Written by Henry

November 17, 2007 at 4:54 pm

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