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Volunteers Create Thanksgiving at North Shore INN

The North Shore INN’s (INN) mission at Thanksgiving is to supply the needy with a complete menu of food to grace their tables so they may indulge in a nutritious celebration of this reflective holiday which is unique to our United States.

The INN is fortunate to be housed in Glen Cove, where nearby communities make a collaborate effort to partner with each other to assist in taking care of people in need.

On Nov. 17, a yearly donation of non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving dinner arrived from St. John’s of Lattingtown. Volunteers filled over 200 bags with canned vegetables, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, and cake mix for distribution.

The following organizations made generous donations of frozen turkeys:  

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock; 100 turkeys, the Matinecock Quaker Meeting House 50 turkeys and the combined efforts of  State Bank, Jericho Branch, Verizon, Lions Club, North Country Reform Temple, and turkey vouchers from the Reformed Church of Locust Valley totaling 100 turkeys.  

Special commendations to our youth who are Key Club members at North Shore High School and who annually donate their time and effort in preparing food and then delivers it to the INN on Thanksgiving morning.  This year, students at the Middle School at North Shore donated coats, large amounts of canned goods, beautifully packaged cookies for each guest along with hand-made cards.  In addition, students at Friends Academy of Locust Valley and Girl Scout Troop #67 at Portledge School showed their dedication in helping the needy as well.

To round out the festivities, on Thanksgiving Day, the guests who chose to have their meal at the INN were welcomed with tables that were beautifully set with placemats and other accessories made by students. The presentation was inspiring especially since it was created by our youth who will be our leaders of tomorrow.

There is a community outpouring of help and concern for those who are in need and have so little.  The Middle and High Schools in the surrounding areas, organizations, synagogues, churches, individuals, guests and volunteers all took part in helping the INN achieve their mission.  The INN could not do it without them and is deeply appreciative to all for their contributions.