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‘A Place At The Table’ Helps Connect Sandy Victims With Hosts For Thanksgiving Dinner

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BRICK, NJ(CBSNewYork) — As the Tri-State area continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy one woman has taken it upon herself to make sure that the storm doesn’t take a bite out of anybody’s Thanksgiving Dinner.

“These people who are dealing with their homes aren’t thinking about what day it is and that Thanksgiving is just three days away,” Jennifer Kaufman told CBS 2’s Emily Smith.

Kaufman has a lot more to do this year as Thanksgiving approaches, she has devised a plan to make sure that everybody has a place to go for a warm meal. Her Facebook page, ‘A Place At The Table’ is a Thanksgiving table share designed to encourage people to open their homes to families who have been displaced by Sandy.

“I really hope this motivates them to reach out, call a senior center, or find that neighbor that’s by himself and invite them over, because that’s what it’s all about. Nobody should eat alone,” Kaufman said.

So far Kaufman has helped forty families find a place to go for Thanksgiving, including Linda Librizzi who has just gotten her heat and half of her power turned back on.

“It was really cold, I wore my coat to bed, socks, five blankets, and we were still really cold,” she said.

Sharing Thanksgiving with strangers may not sound perfect, then again it could be the most memorable holiday of all time.

“I don’t know them, I talked to the woman on the phone, she was just really very kind,” Librizzi said.

In just two weeks Kaufman has had more than four-hundred and fifty people offer to help in some capacity. She told CBS 2 that more meal matches are being made every day.

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