HAUPPAUGE - A few good men pitched in to help make sure needy Long Islanders have turkeys on their Thanksgiving tables next Thursday.

Marines from the 6th Communications Battalion lent a hand today by loading up trucks with hundreds of frozen turkeys.

The birds were for Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, which will make sure the donations reach more than 500 community agencies that help the needy.

Stop & Shop donated 2,400 of the turkeys.

Island Harvest CEO Randi Shubin Dresner says the group normally collects up to 20,000 turkeys a year, but donations are much harder to come by this year. Still, the group says it is trying to reach its usual benchmark.