Rev. Al Sharpton held his annual food and toy giveaway at his National Action Network headquarters in Harlem. On top of the good being done, the event was also notable for who was there. NY1’s Zack Fink filed the following report.
Flanked by elected officials from northern Manhattan, Rev. Al Sharpton spooned out food for the needy and passed out toys for the kids.
"What we do on Christmas day is we do what we feel that Christ would want and that is we feed homeless people, we feed people in the community, seniors. Because this is not about what you can get it's about what you can give,” Sharpton said.
The lunchtime crowd packed into the National Action Center Headquarters on 145th street for the warm meal. Everyone seemed to be in high spirits.
The tradition of serving the community goes back roughly two decades.
"Reverend Sharpton does a fabulous job of making sure that the whole community will be able to eat, and they will have something under the tree,” Assemblyman Keith Wright said.
While local leaders took great pains to explain that today is not about politics, NY1 couldn't help but notice that City Council Speaker candidate Melissa-mark Viverito attended the event, perhaps implying an endorsement from Sharpton.
"Well, she is an honored guess here so we’ll leave it at that,” Sharpton said.
Sharpton later had Mark-Viverito on his radio show. She is believed to have amassed enough votes from fellow councilmembers to secure the position of council speaker. Councilman Dan Gorodnick who has also kept his name in the running for speaker, was not in attendance.
"I am very happy always to join Rev. Sharpton here at the House of Justice. He does a lot of great work as a leader in this community, so I was more than happy to join today,” Mark-Viverito said.
Council members will actually vote for their speaker on January 8.