Young Israel's Food Drive Nourishes the Soul

Synagogue's team braved the elements to collect food for those in need.

Young Israel of Plainview members working in the cold to garner donations for the needy.
Young Israel of Plainview members working in the cold to garner donations for the needy.
Just before Thanksgiving, Young Israel of Plainview members of all ages, in conjunction with the Island Harvest Turkey & Trimmings Collection Campaign, held their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

From  9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, volunteers encouraged shoppers to donate frozen turkeys, canned goods and money to Island Harvest in an effort to help the less fortunate during this typically festive time of year.

Their efforts were a big success, with 95 turkeys, more than 950 pounds of canned goods and almost $1,000 gathered for the hungry of Long Island, organizers said.

What made this year’s event a little different than previous years was the arctic chill that brought along below freezing conditions. Temperatures hit a frigid 22 degrees with the wind chill making it feel even colder.

There were several adult leaders along with a majority of youth attendees. The campaign, which involved several shifts of people thought the day totaling over 20 individuals, took place in front of the ShopRite on Woodbury Road.

The event had an especially meaningful impact on the children who were involved.

Sarah Gross, a parent who was at the event, reflected on the decision to go forward with the drive in the face of the freezing environment. “As a unit, the Young Israel of Plainview contingent discussed how bad the conditions would be in advance. We concluded that, with the temperatures dropping so precipitously, there would be an even greater need for us to try and help. Frankly, we were committed to proceed not in spite of the cold but, rather, because of it.”

The Young Israel of Plainview is a vibrant Modern Orthodox Jewish Congregation in Plainview New York. For more information on this and our other programs and events please visit our website at ww.yiplainview.com or contact Rabbi Elie Weissman at rabbi@yiplainview.com


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