Long Island Cares asks for donations ahead of Thanksgiving

Posted: Updated:
HAUPPAUGE -

Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away and local charities are in need of donations to make sure the less fortunate have what they need to celebrate the holiday.

At Long Island Cares, organizers have more than 1 million pounds of donations from food drives this year. The group has about 6,000 turkeys with a goal of 7,000.

CEO Paule Pachter says the group now has enough donations to meet the needs of 90 percent of the members.

"There are approximately 272,000 Long Islanders struggling with food insecurity and that includes 89,000 children," Pachter says.

VIDEO: Extended interview with Paule Pachter

Pachter says Long Islanders are great at showing support and donating this time of year. He says the holidays are very hard on the families who work multiple jobs, trying to make ends meet, so every donation helps.

The Pronto Community Outreach Center in Brentwood is one of the food pantries that benefits from Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Pastor Jim Ryan, president of the Lighthouse Mission in Bellport, says the organization feeds about 3,000 people a week and with the holidays around the corner, the need will grow.

"Last year, we got record numbers and this year we are expecting even more people," Ryan says. "So we need Long Islanders to collect some food, donate some funds or maybe even do a clothing drive."

Long Island Cares will be open on Thanksgiving for community members to come in and donate and even volunteer.

  • SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • 2019 Fleet Week New York

    2019 Fleet Week New York

    Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.
    Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.
    Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.
    Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.
  • 2019 PGA Championship Photos

    2019 PGA Championship Photos

    Are you attending the PGA Championship?  News 12 wants to see your photos!
    Are you attending the PGA Championship?  News 12 wants to see your photos!
  • Dog Day Fridays for May 17

    Dog Day Fridays for May 17

    Friday, May 17 2019 11:13 AM EDT2019-05-17 15:13:26 GMT
    Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.
    Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.
    This week's pets are up for adoption at Southampton Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 102 Old Riverhead Road West in Hampton Bays. Their phone number is 631-728-7387.
    This week's pets are up for adoption at Southampton Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 102 Old Riverhead Road West in Hampton Bays. Their phone number is 631-728-7387.
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."