Throughout Port Washington, residents have busied themselves for Thanksgiving Day. Yet in many cases, the preparation extends beyond family and friends but to others who may find themselves facing tough times this holiday season.
For example, 20 local families enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the Police Benevolent Association of the . It's a tradition that was started back in 1990.
"The first year we donated hot meals," said Detective Anthony Guzzello, as he constructed cartons in which to place the food. "The following year people asked to cook their own food for the holiday."
Ever since, the PBA has delivered all the ingredients for a hearty Thanksgiving meal. On Tuesday, the Port Washington Police Headquarters bustled with activity as PBA members and their families set out turkeys, hams and all the usual trimmings – sweet potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, peas, corn, pineapple, pies, cookies, gravy and more. Later that evening, they distributed the items to families in town.
"We get a list from community groups, churches and people in need," Guzzello said.
Others in Port Washington are also giving back. and joined forces to deliver Thanksgiving baskets. More than 150 from Community Synagogue and Temple Beth Israel also prepared Thanksgiving baskets. distributes about 100 Thanksgiving baskets, seeing to it people on the peninsula enjoy a hot meal together.
As these organizations distributed Thanksgiving packages, they delivered not just food, but also a sense of community.