(Above: McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko, Big's Sanitation president Joe Eori Jr., and Matt Gergely, assistant to the business manager at McKeesport Area School District, load Christmas hams for delivery to local families on Wednesday. Photo special to Tube City Almanac)
More than two dozen McKeesport families received surprise gifts of Christmas hams on Thursday thanks to a gift from a Rostraver Twp. business.
Joe Eori Jr., president of Big's Sanitation, donated the 28 hams "because I just wanted to give something back," he said.
"My dad was born and raised here and graduated from McKeesport High School," he said. "All of my relatives are from around here. If you have the means to give something back, then everybody should do so."
Households were selected based on need, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said.
McKeesport Area School District supplied addresses of 25 households, but the names of the recipients were kept anonymous --- even from the mayor's office --- to respect the privacy of the families.
City hall staffers added the addresses of an additional three households, Cherepko said.
Cherepko and Matt Gergely, the school district's assistant to the business manager, made the deliveries Thursday afternoon.
Founded in 1999 and owned by the Eori family, Big's has collected McKeesport's trash and recycling under contract since 2016.
Originally published December 21, 2017.