At Local Transitional Housing Community, Donated Thanksgiving Feast Gives Residents of All Ages Hope for the Holidays

Brookhaven, New York (November 26, 2015) The staff at HELP USA’s Suffolk County Shelter works hard to make the holidays special for the residents, but this Thanksgiving the transitional housing community in Bellport got an extra hand when a local Dix Hills family donated a full Thanksgiving Feast.

The donation was made by the Chintu and Falguni Patel Foundation, which is managed by Chintu Patel, CEO of Amneal Pharaceutical.  Amneal recent build a 300,000 square foot addition to its Brookhaven headquarters, just minutes away from HELP USA.  Mr. Patel and his 16 year old daughter, Kanan have worked closely with the shelter over the past three months to provide meaningful donations to the children and families living there.  In late August, Kanan helped to organize a school supply event and handed out backpacks to 86 children and in October, Kanan and her family donated a truck full of pumpkins and over 80 costumes in time for Halloween.

Chintu Patel, CEO of the Chintu and Falguni Patel Foundation said, “Thanksgiving is about both gratitude and paying it forward.  We feel lucky to be in a position where we can give back to this community and we are eager to share the holiday with the wonderful staff and families at HELP USA.”

Mr. Patel’s daughter, Kanan Patel, a sophomore at Friends Academy, recently started taking a more active role in the family Foundation.  She was inspired by her family’s involvement in advocating for health and education initiatives in India.  Today, she is working closely with her parents to grow their efforts locally, and has become an advocate for Long Island families.

Kanan Patel said, “Working with HELP USA has opened my eyes not only to the struggles that exist here on Long Island – but also the unbelievable love and gratitude.  The families here don’t always have much, but I wanted to make sure that they had plenty to celebrate on Thanksgiving.”

HELP Suffolk is a 76-unit transitional housing facility for homeless families and it is part of HELP USA, one of the nation’s largest providers of housing and supportive services for the homeless. HELP Suffolk is one of the largest housing facilities for the homeless on Long Island.  The complex sits on seven acres of property and consists of four residential buildings, a community building, two playgrounds and a baseball field.

“HELP Suffolk is deeply grateful to the Chintu and Falguni Patel Foundation for their generous donations.  Our children and families are blessed to receive a wholesome Thanksgiving meal, one they will most likely always remember, thanks to the Foundation’s generosity.   The Chintu and Falguni Patel Foundation have enabled us to enjoy many holidays and celebrations and we are incredibly appreciative of them,” stated Frances Pierre, senior vice president of Family Services and Day Care at HELP USA.

The Chintu and Falguni Patel Foundation (aka the Irada Foundation) operates in India and on Long Island with a focus on health and education issues.  Inspired by her parents, Kanan hopes to carry on a tradition of philanthropy and community service.