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Great Neck Notebook: March 19, 2010

Four Neighbors

Yesterday was just an average day at our house (7 Lee Court West). The doorbell rang and when I opened the door, a woman handed me a plastic bag with a seven-pound ham. “This morning, Trader Joe’s in Plainview was giving away free hams. I believe the INN can use this more than we can.” I thanked her for her kindness and before I could say anything else she was back in her car driving away.

After lunch, the phone rang. “My husband passed away several months ago and I was wondering if you could use men’s clothing—in really good condition, including several winter coats.” I said certainly and we made arrangements to pick-up her donation. Then the doorbell rang again. A woman and her daughter were there along with 10 bags of clothing. “We just went through our attic and gathered up all the clothing that the children have outgrown. I hope you can use this.”

“Of course we can,” I replied, as I thanked her for their thoughtfulness. Later that day, when the mail came, there was an envelope from a Thomaston family, along with a note: “Please accept our $25 check for the INN and our thanks for the good work you do.”

I’ve been collecting food, clothing, and monetary donations for the INN for eight years and I’m still amazed by the many generous acts of kindness that I am privileged to witness every day. The INN has been helping Long Island families in need for more than 25 years. Each donation supports the work of their 19 soup kitchens and three emergency shelters.

If you have had some blessings in your life, please consider sharing them with someone who hasn’t been as fortunate. Please make your check payable to: the Interfaith Nutrition Network. Donations may be mailed to:  Dave Golbert, 7 Lee Court West, Great Neck, NY  11024. To donate food, clothing, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call:  917-418-2451 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Every act of kindness changes someone’s life for the better.