Volunteers deliver Thanksgiving baskets to underserved Long Islanders

SYOSSET — Dozens of children and parent volunteers are working to bring joy and the ingredients for a real Thanksgiving meal to Long Islanders.

“You may not see the need on Long Island, but the need in our communities are real, and they are varied geographically,” said Rachel Stier, co-chair of Families Helping Families.

It’s all part of UJA Federation of New York’s Families Helping Families event where families grocery shop together to purchase items, assemble the Thanksgiving baskets, and personally deliver the meal to those who receive services from UJA Federation’s network of nonprofits.

Barry Cohen who has been a recipient of the program since 2011 says he is grateful for the program.

“It is very difficult to feed everybody no matter how much you make and the food pantry has been very helpful,” Cohen said.

Cohen, a father of four sons, works hard but says this event has helped to ensure he and his family have a special meal on Thanksgiving.

“To those helping, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Cohen said.

50 baskets will be personally delivered by volunteers and over 100 more will be distributed through UJA Federation’s partner agencies.