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On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, with the help of the entire community, the Community Outreach Program and Adopt-A-Family were able to deliver more than 96 Thanksgiving baskets throughout the greater Westhampton area to families and individuals that needed the help.

On December 19, again with the help of the entire community, we were able to deliver 126 Christmas baskets containing gifts to families with children, shut-ins, individuals down on their luck, and single parents barely making ends meet. Through coordination and cooperation of all the local churches and charitable organizations, the Adopt-A-Family project was able to make sure that those in need received gifts and food without duplication or overlapping.

First and foremost, we would like to thank all the individuals and families who contributed or adopted individuals and families. We would also like to thank the following churches, organizations and people for their generosity and participation: the Westhampton Presbyterian Church; the Westhampton United Methodist Church; Church of the Immaculate Conception, especially Marie, Lynn, Susie, Chris, Virginia and Father Mirro; Beach Methodist Church; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; the Westhampton Beach Fire Department; the Westhampton Beach Police Benevolent Association; Arthur Ellis Hamm American Legion Post 834; the Westhampton Kiwanis Club; the John and Elaine Kanas Foundation; and the Westhampton Rotary Club.

Also, the Westhampton Beach Elementary School, the Westhampton Beach Middle School, the Westhampton Beach High School, the Interact Club, the Leaders Club, the Westhampton Beach High School Student Council, Quogue Elementary School, Quogue PTA, Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School, Father Joseph Slomski Knights of Columbus Council 7423, the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, Betty and Kevin of Circle M Beverage, Theresa Belkin of Hampton Coffee Company, the Bank of the Hamptons, Suffolk County National Bank, Marian “Born To Shop and Wrap” Phillips, the managers and staff of the Rite Aid, and the managers and staff of Westhampton Beach Waldbaum’s, all of whom helped in the procuring of our turkeys, vegetables and delivery boxes.

With special thanks to all the elves who helped put the food baskets together and load Santa’s sleigh.

GORDON and KRISTIN WERNERProgram CoordinatorsWesthampton Beach

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