This year’s fourth annual Bethpage Turkey Drive in Long Island, N.Y., will do more than collect turkeys and canned goods for residents in need.
The $4.5 billion Bethpage Federal Credit Union will expands its food drive to support Hurricane Sandy victims by asking those Long Islanders who were not severely affected by the storm to lend a hand to their neighbors in need by making a donation to Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization.
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In addition to frozen turkeys, Bethpage and Island Harvest are requesting easy-to-open shelf stable food items, cleaning supplies and baby items such as diapers.
The Bethpage “Turkey, Emergency Food & Relief Drive” will take place on Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. – rain or shine - outside of Bethpage’s main branch located at 899 South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage.
Thousands of Long Islanders were still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, which left behind damaged homes and more than 1 million people in the dark – some for as long as two weeks.
Through Nov. 30, Nassau and Suffolk county residents unable to travel to Bethpage’s main branch are encouraged to drop off all non-perishable donations to any of Bethpage’s 26 branch locations.
“Bethpage is working closely with key Long Island agencies to help provide much needed support to our local communities through several disaster relief efforts, and that includes our work with Island Harvest,” said Linda Armyn, the credit union’s senior vice president for corporate strategy.