Every family has their Thanksgiving traditions. Paul McCarthy spends his holiday driving around Massena delivering turkey dinners to the homebound. Barry Wygel went along with McCarthy to see what his tradition entails.
MASSENA, N.Y. -- For Paul McCarthy, spending his Thanksgiving delivering dinners is a tradition.
"It's making people happy on a holiday and also people that are hungry and they need food. It's kind of a Christian thing to do," said Paul McCarthy, a Thanksgiving delivery driver and member of St. Vincent's de Pauls.
McCarthy delivers Thanksgiving dinners as part of the St. Vincent de Pauls Society's community Thanksgiving Dinner. They serve about 350 meals annually, about 150 of those are deliveries.
“People with our times today, they can't afford it. They would go without or eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of having a turkey meal," said Martha Slack, event organizer.
Whether it's a delivery or a pick-up the message is always the same, it's one of thanks.
“It's so hard, very hard. This means a lot to me. I'm a diabetic and this helps me," said Sandra LeFevre, a Massena resident.
“It's not really income, sometimes it’s just, they can't get out. And of course, they live alone, they can't prepare a whole turkey dinner, the fixings, because it's just themselves there," said McCarthy.
St. Vincent de Pauls also offers rides to people that want to eat dinner with other people.
"I just gave some people a ride home, and they were here because they just want to talk to somebody. They don't get out. The one lady said it kind of breaks the boredom up for us a little bit," said Slack.
For McCarthy, he says it's not just about helping out.
“Being a Catholic, it's about putting my faith into action, so to say. Plus, it's a lot of fun," said McCarthy.
McCarthy says he will continue this tradition for many years to come.
The St. Vincent de Pauls Society accepts donations year-round to help support their programs. To donate, you can visit their office in Massena.