Thanksgiving Letter of Appeal


Dear friends,

The Peekskill Area Pastors Association (PAPA) announces this year’s Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner, to be held at the United Methodist Church in Peekskill (1040 Main Street) on Thursday, November 24th at 12:00 noon.

As they have done for the past 30 years, volunteers will serve over 300 dinners to people who were alone or in need during the holiday. More than 125 of those meals will be delivered to homebound elderly and sick members of our community.

We need your financial support to make this dinner possible. Would you consider making a gift of $100 to this year’s dinner? Your donation will help to fund the dinner and provide for the on-going work of PAPA in the greater Peekskill-Northern Westchester-Putnam area.

Please send your contribution in the postage paid envelope provided, payable to “PAPA”. You can also help us to announce the dinner by posting the enclosed flier in a visible place.

PAPA and its member congregations is the founder and sponsor of the “noontime meal program” which is served every day at the Salvation Army building. Among other humanitarian outreaches, we were instrumental in starting CHOP (Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill), support the Jan Peek Shelter, Hudson River Health Care, Sunny Doughnut Breakfast Program, the new Fred’s Pantry at St. Peter’s Church, the inter-faith chaplaincy program at the Hudson Valley Hospital Center and much more. In these difficult times, the need for our work is increasing more than ever.

PAPA has a 150 year-old history in greater Peekskill. We promote harmony and cooperation between communities of diverse beliefs and continue our historically pivotal role in issues of justice and service. While we come together to further causes that put our individual faith into action, we respect and do not debate the different approaches to God which we all hold dear.

The time is also approaching for our annual Thanksgiving Inter-Religious Service, which will be held this year on Sunday, November 20 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 5.00 pm. We cordially invite you to participate. This year’s program will feature the PAPA Interfaith Choir and a colorful array of diverse expressions of faith and culture.

May God bless you for helping us keep a united community the Peekskill area. Please visit our website at to see more details of our work and activities.
With kind personal regards and best wishes for a blessed season,

Bishop Michael J. Champion
PAPA President


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