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A Thanksgiving tradition you probably don’t remember

The hardships of the Great Depression marked the beginning of the end for a Thanksgiving tradition of children dressed as beggars going to door-to-door seeking handouts (although in some neighborhoods it lived on into the 1960’s).

These days, you’re much more likely to read of children collecting money or food for others on this holiday. Hundreds of New York City schools participate in the annual Penny Harvest around this time of year, gathering pennies which they later donate to a cause of their choice.

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate, we thank you for reading and contributing, and wish you the best — Happy Thanksgiving!

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