Long Island Cares opens warehouse for volunteers on Thanksgiving

HAUPPAUGE – For the first time, Long Island Cares has opened up its warehouse to have people volunteer on Thanksgiving Day. The donations will be ready for delivery starting Monday, going to those in need.
“We decided this year that you know what, it’s time to do it. So we opened up at 8 o’clock this morning anticipating that we may have 20 volunteers,” CEO of Long Island Cares Paule Pachter said.

“They’re practically cleaning up the warehouse for us and it’s families, it’s little children who are here,” Pachter said. “It’s couples, it’s a lot of young people who have come out to join us, so it’s quite gratifying.”

Volunteers said they felt great about helping out and would do it again.

“It makes me feel good because I know the poor people are gonna get more food that they haven’t — and it makes me feel like I’m doing something good for the country,” Volunteer Liyah Wimberly said.

“I thought it was important to show my son that there are a lot of people who are less fortunate than us. People that need food, people that are hungry on long island and that we’re very blessed and on a day like Thanksgiving we should do what we can to give back,” Volunteer Matt Cohen said.

Organizers said at the beginning of the day the goal was to fill at least eight pallets worth of donations, they ended up filling around 35.