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The parishioners of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hampton Bays join me in thanking Hampton Bays community members for their encouragement and support during the ABATE Bikers Toy and Food Run to St. Mary’s on Sunday, November 9. The event was a rousing success, with the largest turnout of bikers ever. The bikers responded magnificently and generously to aid the St. Mary’s Church’s gift-giving effort, which benefits needy children and their families.

Hampton Bays’ bikers, namely those from the American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924, and other local folks joined the run. We are pleased to report to you that every item, every penny received, goes to people in need as it has since the event’s inception 20 years ago.

A community food drive at King Kullen, organized by the East End Men’s Club, demonstrated how kind and passionate the people of Hampton Bays are. We appreciate The Southampton Press and its excellent coverage [“An Early Delivery,” November 13]. We are very grateful to Krieg’s Bake Shop, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and the Quogue Field Club for contributing food for the bikers’ reception at the church. The Hampton Bays Fire Department, the East End Men’s Club, the highway department, Mark Schumacher of Hampton Music, and Norsic Sanitation gave us valuable assistance.

When the food, toys and gifts are distributed to the families, we carry with us the best wishes and concern of the people of Hampton Bays to those on the receiving end, who get a powerful message that the people of Hampton Bays care and work for the betterment of our neighbors.

Look for this event next year. It is only about two hours long, yet it does so much good. I invite you to cheer the bikers on when you see them as a sign of peace and good will. Thank you all again.

THE REVEREND BERNADETTE SULLIVANSt. Mary’s Episcopal ChurchHampton Bays

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