Volunteers make Thanksgiving meals for the needy
Churches, shelters and other charities are celebrating Thanksgiving by feeding needy Long Islanders.
At the Circle of Love Church in Copiague, dozens of volunteers took time away from their own holiday plans to whip up meals for about 1,200 people.
"There's so many people being helped in Manhattan, but out here there's not that much," says Liz Luongo, a Massapequa medical administrator. "And there's a lot of people out here that need it."
Many of Long Island's less-fortunate families are homebound and unable to get themselves to a church or shelter for a meal, so volunteers are packaging the food for delivery.
Each package includes a greeting card made by local elementary school children.
The work is especially significant for volunteer Cathy Chandler, who was homeless as a child and now wants to give back.
"I myself was in and out of shelters," Chandler says. "So I depended on Circle of Love. I thank God for being here."