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Some used social media to coordinate Thanksgiving volunteering. Elle Aichele, of Toms River, N.J., started a Facebook page called Hurricane Sandy Thanksgiving Adopt a Family for Dinner.
"Please host a family that needs something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!" she wrote. "I have been thinking about what I can do to help and this is it!"
In Philadelphia, Doreen Queenan and 18-year-old daughter Ariana came in from suburban Norristown, Pa., to see the city's Thanksgiving parade, billed as the nation's oldest.
Ariana Queenan, home from her freshman year at Hofstra University in New York, was wearing a Yankees ski hat to keep warm during the chilly morning. That got the attention of a clown in the parade, she said.
"Somebody walked up to me and said, 'Go Phillies!'" said Ariana Queenan. She added that while her loyalties were torn, the Yankees' colors of navy and gray matched her jacket.
Her mother, meanwhile, said this Thanksgiving she is grateful for Ariana's good grades.
"I am thankful for a daughter who appreciates how much tuition is," Doreen Queenan said with a laugh. "She's taking college seriously."
Associated Press writers Karen Matthews in New York and Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
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