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Letter: Thanksgiving Feast Gets Big Response

 

We would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to all citizens of the surrounding areas of Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Glen Head, Locust Valley, Lattingtown, Bayville and Oyster Bay. When we began the Share and Care Thanksgiving Feast three years ago, we were uncertain how the community would respond to it. We were also stunned at the amount of people that were in need of it.

For those of you who aren’t aware, we just had our 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Feast at St. Patrick’s Church in Glen Cove for those in need. It is sponsored by seven distributors of Boars Head and supported by two local Knights of Columbus Councils.

This year, the need of the community was at its highest level since we began. With the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy combined with the collapsing economy and high unemployment, it was very important that word be spread to those in need, that there were other citizens out there that wanted to be of assistance. Several emails were sent out asking for help and the response was tremendous. Whether it was to hand out flyers, make some desserts, help set up or to come and help us serve, the community came in droves.

Thanks to all of you, we were able to serve upwards of 400 Thanksgiving dinners this year. Most stayed and enjoyed a pleasant atmosphere of community togetherness and others chose to take their meals to go. No one was or will ever be refused. 

Congratulations and a big thank you to the businesses that supported this effort. Some were local and others were from western Nassau and Queens.

The need of the community is real and cannot be overlooked. The holiday season is perhaps the hardest time of year for those in need. Let’s all join together again as a community to find a way to make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens. There are many charitable organizations that help people every day. Some help with food, clothing, school supplies, transportation, holiday and birthday gifts, etc.

Go to city hall or your local church or synagogue for a list of organizations, individuals and families that can use our help. There are charitable events that are happening in your area all the time. Let’s get involved and our area of the world can become a model for the rest of the country to follow. There are leaders in your community ready to advise and help. Just ask!

To all the charitable organizations that devote their time, effort and love to helping improve the lives of others, you have our admiration, respect and thanks, for all that you do every day.

Merry Christmas to all,

Stephen and Lisa Peguillan