400 Thanksgiving dinners for needy and checks for vets

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The Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund has been providing Thanksgiving dinners for 26 years. (Gene Epstein)

People in need can get a hot breakfast and pick up a turkey and all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner Monday in Bristol Borough.

And 50 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and those in active service and their spouses can also get a check for $50 to $200, based on need.

The 400 Thanksgiving dinners will be provided through the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund, which has been donating the holiday meals for 26 years. Proof of unemployment, welfare, disability benefits or military service is needed to get a turkey, stuffing, side dishes and a pie at Calvary Baptist Church.

The checks will be issued, first come/first served, through Food4Troops, a nonprofit formed by Gene Epstein. Proof of active service or recent discharge is needed.

The meals and the checks will be made available starting at 9 a.m. at the church at 250 Green Lane, by volunteers from the church; Food4Troops; and Advocates for the Homeless & Those in Need, an interfaith ministry in Lower Bucks County.    

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