Thanksgiving Comes Early For Homeless In New York City
On Tuesday, November 23, 2010, the Oneida Indian Nation and HELP USA will serve hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to the homeless at Genesis RFK Apartments just off Union Square at 13th Street and 4th Avenue in New York City from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Given the current economic conditions and the hard hitting facts of rising unemployment in America, the homelessness crisis is being exacerbated. November is National Homeless Awareness Month tied with the symbolic significance surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday, which dates back to native people providing this country’s first newcomers with food and shelter.
Ray Halbritter, current Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises wanted to give back in a meaningful way that represented the culture and history of his people.
The Oneida Indian Nation approached HELP USA with a joint effort to feed hundreds of homeless for the holidays, as well as support the American Indian Empowerment Fund, which builds upon the Nation’s long-standing tradition of sharing resources to benefit others.
Halbritter has helped pull together a cast of celebrities including Comedian Mario Cantone; Actors Jill Flint, Giles Marini, Amy Carlson and Leven Rambin; Thomas Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; Justin Tuck, New York Giants; Evan Lysacek, Champion Figure Skater; and Poet Jesse Metcalfe among others to join him in a PSA Campaign and Thanksgiving meal serving to raise awareness on homelessness and HELP USA.
The November 23rd meal serving event will be streamed live on line. Readers can visit HELPUSA.org, Facebook.com/HELPUSA, twitter HELPUSA, and Holiday HELP Feed the Homeless on http://www.crowdrise.com/heritageofhelping/fundraiser/HELPUSA1.
Ray Halbritter literally rose from the ashes after a fire killed his aunt and uncle in 1976 when the local fire department refused to come to the reservation. The fire served as a catalyst and from that moment on the Oneida’s knew they needed to be in control of their fate as the Nation was not thriving.
From personal tragedy Ray continued to emerge as a leader working to create opportunity for his people. Making important decisions in their future, Ray has created hundreds of jobs bringing prosperity about for the community and enabling them to give back.
Partnering with HELP USA offered an opportunity to create a powerful platform to drive awareness of homelessness and provided a compelling opportunity to get back to the essence of Oneida heritage by renewing its commitment and history of helping others as the Nation has always done.
Together, Oneida Indian Nation and HELP USA bring greater awareness and a renewed sense of urgency to the homeless crisis. In joining forces, they pledge to support all who live in America who are fearful of job and home loss, and empower them with resources to reclaim their lives.
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