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December 16, 2017

Christmas on the Street

The second of the Three Lonely Holidays honored by The StreetCorner Gourmets

What We Do

Please join us and volunteer for our 2017 Winter-Picnic-on-the-Street. The shared meal features our coveted signature pastrami sandwiches (Katz’s uniquely cured pastrami on Eli’s raisin-pecan bread with honey mustard). Guests also take home fresh red pears and fat, juicy green grapes… and the big gift of the day is a new blanket to give new meaning to “warm Christmas greetings” for people who live on the street or in unheated buildings.

Saturday’s winter picnic will bring companionship, conversation, a little dignity, and a warm blanket to hundreds of people who are homeless on the street and in sub-standard (often, neglected and illegal) buildings. We all eat together, true picnic-style. EVERYBODY knows that Sister Mary brings not just “pastrami”, but “KATZ’s PASTRAMI”…with zingy Honeycup Honey Mustard, on Eli’s raisin pecan bread. Fresh juicy pears and grapes are the go-withs.Then, comes the new blanket, and genuine hugs from our volunteers who range in age from infants in arms, to young moms and dads teaching their own excited little kids to think of others, to teens from our youth programs, to hard-working immigrant laborers. They all join me for the day. You can feel the enthusiasm and genuine kindness in the air.

To volunteer, contact mary@yes-solutions.org.

How You Can Help

Donate a new or gently used (laundered and refreshed) blanket.

Bring with them a gently-used or new knit hat and gloves, to keep these in their own coat pockets until a graceful moment, and then gently ask the street-guest you’re accompanying on line something to the effect of, “I keep getting hats and gloves for Christmas gifts. I’m over-stocked. Could you take these for yourself? — or pass them on to somebody you know who might be glad to get them?”

Bring along a small Christmas ornament that you can hang on a jacket button—yours first, and then, before you leave for the day, transfer it with a Christmas smile to a street-guest’s button.

Chores that need to be attended to all day are the collapsing of cartons and carrying cartons and other organized garbage and refuse to our assigned spot at the foot of a lamp post outside the firehouse.

Chip-in for 800 lbs. of Katz’s world-renowned uniquely seasoned and cured smoked pastrami, or 280 2-lb. custom loaves of Eli’s dense raisin-pecan bread, or 2 gallons of spicy honey mustard, or crates of fresh red pears and grapes. Come – BE Christmas with us.


December 16, 2017
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New York, United States


Mary Lanning