NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Roughly 800 God’s Love We Deliver volunteers are making sure seriously ill patients are getting a holiday meal for themselves and a friend.

The volunteers are packing a winter feast that includes chowder, a roasted hen with stuffing and gingerbread cake.

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Angel Levy has given up her last-minute holiday shopping for a hair net.

“This is all that these people are going to see of people giving them something for the holidays,” said Levy.

The organization’s president Karen Pearl says they started delivering meals to HIV and AIDS patients in the 1980s. But today, they feed patients with all kinds of serious illnesses like cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

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“We really want people to celebrate even if they’re home and they’re sick because it’s a time to be with family, be with friends and we try to make that easy for people,” said Pearl.

Emily Suskind is home from college in upstate New York and says there’s something gratifying about providing a basic need that everyone enjoys.

“It’s food, it’s something very basic but food is healing,” she said.

Pearl says they serve more than one million meals annually to the five boroughs and parts of New Jersey.

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