WRITTEN BY GREGORY SHEMITZ / THE LONG ISLAND CATHOLIC
The parish hall of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Wyandanch was humming with activity on Sunday, Nov. 19, as approximately 150 volunteers of various ages and faith backgrounds worked feverishly to assemble bags of Thanksgiving Day food that would be distributed to people in need living in the communities surrounding the church.
It took less than 45 minutes for the volunteers to pack 320 large, heavy-duty tote bags with fresh and canned vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, cornbread, dry pasta, cake mix, a two liter bottle of Coke, and a baking tray. The bags, along with a frozen turkey and additional provisions, were given to recipients on Monday and Tuesday.
The staff of the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center—a not-for-profit organization located on the campus of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal serving the people of Wyandanch, Wheatley Heights and a section of West Babylon—coordinated the collection, packaging and distribution of the food, and managed the volunteers. The charity has been running the Thanksgiving week event for nearly 40 years.
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