Mount students provide a Thanksgiving to remember for local kids

November 17, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Thanksgiving Table

More than 40 “Bigs” and “Littles” attended the Mount’s BBBS Thanksgiving dinner recently.

With great food and friends, participants in the Mount Saint Mary College chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) had much to be thankful for.

The college’s food service provider, Sodexo, recently served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for 16 “Littles” and 27 “Bigs.”

“Our club wanted to give the ‘Littles’ a Thanksgiving celebration that they would remember,” explained president Kailyn Zanella of West Islip, NY. “We had a wonderful time saying thanks and breaking bread with one another.”

Perez at Dinner

Justin Perez of Washingtonville, NY enjoys a Thanksgiving feast with the “Littles” of the Mount Saint Mary College chapter of Big Brother Big Sisters.

The children will be spending Thanksgiving with their families, but the dinner gave them a chance to enjoy the holiday with their BBBS family as well. Through six get-togethers over the semester, the “Littles” form a lasting bond with their Mount “Bigs,” explained Zanella.

The BBBS volunteer mentor program is both rewarding and heart-warming as college students invest their time with underprivileged children. Serving as mentors and role models, members experience the power of friendship that stems from the connection they make.

Mount Big Brothers and Big Sisters in attendance, including Zanella: Samantha Popel of Milford, CT; Anna Salvatore of East Lyme, CT; Maggie Jones of Hyde Park, NY; Jeanine Verderosa of Lindenhurst, NY; Fae Kuhnen of Bayside, NY; Victoria Renna of Brooklyn, NY; Melissa Medici of North Bellmore, NY; Jenna Colasante of Floral Park, NY; Marissa Scotti of Yorktown Heights, NY; Rose Linehan of New Hyde Park, NY; Lauren Epstein of Floral Park, NY; Julia Mackey of Rego Park, NY; Alexander Florez of Madison, NJ; Tom Fallon of Mineola, NY; Sarah Hospodar of Glenmont, NY; Elizabeth Stern of Nanuet, NY; Ashley Pellicci of Manorville, NY; Malaina Hynes of Wantagh, NY; Kayla Stevens of North Branford, CT; RoseMarie DiStefano of Staten Island, NY; Russell Pagano of Cedar Grove, NJ; Steven York of Putnam Valley, NY; Maggie Fallon of Norwalk, CT; Alissa Niad of Yorktown Heights, NY; Justin Perez of Washingtonville, NY; and Emily Oetjen of Hyde Park, NY.


Alexander Florez of Madison, NJ has a great Thanksgiving dinner with his “Little.”