Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For most, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with family and feast on a smorgasbord of traditional holiday cuisine.
But for six Farmingdale High School Seniors, it means helping others have a full meal.
Since 2006, seniors Samantha Brescia, Lauren Pizzamenti, Victoria Martin, Taylor Verdi, Melissa Leone and Christine Kelly have worked with a social worker in the school district, to put together gift baskets for a Farmingdale family in need.
“It has been the same family for several years,” said Samantha’s mother, Barbara Brescia.
Although the girls donate gift baskets to the same family, each year, they are not allowed to know who the particular family is due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA]. Brescia’s mother said that in addition to their own donations—which includes a gift card from Stop and Shop—the girls place letters in neighbors’ mailboxes to collect more food for their gift baskets.
All of the food that doesn’t make it into the baskets, the girls donate to local food pantries or Island Harvest—a non-profit organization, which donates food to soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, low-income daycare centers, and senior/youth outreach and rehabilitation centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties.