Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church
On Sunday, Nov. 18, Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church in Bellport will host a food basket delivery after 9 a.m. Mass. Cars will line up in the cottage parking lots to receive a basket and directions to where it can be delivered. The church community will also host a food drive at local stores, including IGA Cirillo’s in Bellport, Best Market in Shirley and King Kullen in Patchogue. Food can be donated to feed approximately 130 families in the community.
Christ Episcopal in Bellport also welcomes dry food donations for their food pantry. A donation basket is available at the church, located at 64 South Country Road. The church office can be reached at (631) 286-0299.
The Congregational Church of Patchogue is requesting cash donations to tailor to the needs of their guests. The week prior to Thanksgiving the pantry will be handing out items for take-home meals and their soup kitchen will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The church’s pantry plans to feed about nine families.
United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church in Patchogue’s ecumenical Thanksgiving service, which has been held in the past on Thanksgiving Eve, will be held this year on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
St. Paul’s Episcopal
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is looking for donations of “all the fixings” including gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes and sweet potatoes, pies, rolls and butter to go in donation baskets that will be distributed to families in the coming days. St. Paul’s will host an inter-faith service on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. and any donations will go to the food pantries of the organizations involved, which include Temple Beth-El, Lutheran Church of Our Savior, St. Francis, United Methodist Church and the Congregational Church. St. Paul’s will also hand out turkeys and other food on the 20th from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Kings Kids Christian Outreach
For another year in a row, ministry leader Patrick “PJ” Balzer and his wife Catherine of the Evangel Temple in Mastic Beach will be serving up a hot turkey dinner on the streets of Mastic Beach on Monday, Nov. 19 from 5-7 p.m. They will also be handing out about 250 frozen turkeys for families to cook at home. They are requesting sides for their turkey boxes and if possible fresh veggies.
-Compiled by Nicole Fuentes and Glenn Rohrbacker