Community donates food to mark humanitarian’s 102nd birthday
BRONX, NEW YORK, August 30- In observance of Mother Teresa’s 102nd birthday, Council Member James Vacca and the Albanian American Society Foundation honored the humanitarian’s legacy by organizing a “Fill Up the Food Banks” food drive which culminated on August 26 at the corner of Lydig Avenue and Holland Avenue, beneath the honorary street sign reading “Mother Teresa Way.”
Vacca, members of the Vacca Volunteer Corps, and members of the Albanian American community collected the food and delivered the donations to the Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway food pantry. Local residents were also encouraged to donate to other local area food banks in the weeks leading up to the drive.
“Mother Teresa devoted her life to serving the poor, the sick, and the destitute, and her birthday gives us occasion to do our small part to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” Vacca said. “Even the smallest donation can make a big difference to families struggling to put food on their tables.”
The food drive has become a very successful tradition which started two years ago in honor of Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday. It is Vacca’s hope that the now-annual tradition will inspire local residents to be generous to others in need year-round.
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