NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Archbishop Timothy Dolan takes a hands-on approach to help needy families.

The archbishop was handing out turkeys and other Thanksgiving staples in Harlem Tuesday. The event was a pre-holiday food giveaway conducted by the Catholic Charities group.

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Dolan said he was especially thankful to those who work to feed the needy all year long.

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“These people are an inspiration, aren’t they? I mean they come and they seem so happy and peaceful and grateful, and here they don’t have anything. I guess that’s what Thanksgiving is all about,” he said.

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Catholic Charities said its goal is to provide food to more than 12,000 people during the course of this year’s Thanksgiving celebration.