1,500 Thanksgiving meals packed up at rotary club's annual drive

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Volunteers braved the wet weather on Sunday to help families in need have a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

It marked the 30th annual Great Neck Rotary Club Turkey Drive at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. About 100 volunteers were packing up all of the ingredients for 1,500 full Thanksgiving dinners into bags, and shipping those groceries off to community groups all over Long Island.

The bags included all the fixings, including potatoes, carrots, yams, green beans, corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, pasta and of course, turkeys -- and even some dessert.

The event has been going on for three decades, and organizers say it's gotten bigger every year.

"They started with five in someone's garage. It just built up. We built it up to 800, 1,000, 1,200 and this year 1,500," says Roger Chizever, with Great Neck Rotary Club.

Trucks packed with all of those supplies were heading out all over Long Island, and that food will be on 1,500 Thanksgiving tables.

More than 30 different Long Island groups took part in the turkey drive, including Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanuel and the Great Neck Chinese Association.

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