Generous Community - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 2069551

Generous Community

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Community Outreach Program and Adopt-a-Family were able to deliver over 75 Thanksgiving baskets throughout the Westhampton Beach community, to families and individuals who needed the help. In December, we were able to deliver 85 Christmas baskets, with gifts, to shut-ins, individuals down on their luck, and families who needed a little extra help.

This was all thanks to the community members and charitable organizations that helped us bring joy and comfort to many families.

First and foremost, we would like to thank the individuals who contributed or adopted families this year. We are truly blessed by your help and generosity, without which none of this would be possible. You have made a difference in the lives of others, and we are appreciative of all your time and effort. The warmth and compassion of the members of this community are truly astounding, inspiring and heartwarming.

We would also like to thank the following churches, organizations and people for their support, generosity and participation: The Church of the Immaculate Conception, especially Anne, MaryAnn, Charlie, Donna, Kim, Father Mike, and thank you, Carol, for all your support, generosity and backbone — you’re wonderful; Westhampton Presbyterian Church, especially Deborah Busking — thank you for 21 years of dedicated work — you’re amazing; SOA of Southampton Town; Southampton Town PBA; Quogue Village PBA; Westhampton Kiwanis; Westhampton Beach Rotary; Westhampton Beach Ladies Auxiliary; Suffolk County Firefighters Emerald Society; Westhampton Beach firefighters; Live Your Cor Foundation; East End Hospice; Westhampton Beach Interact Club; Westhampton Beach High School Student Government; Westhampton Beach High School Key Club; Westhampton Beach Elementary School Student Government; Westhampton Beach Middle and Elementary schools; Quogue Elementary School; Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School; Julie’s Storybook; Remsenburg Garden Club; Westhampton Crop Hunger Walk; Saunders & Associates; Atlantic Golf Club; Father Joseph Slomski Knights of Columbus Council 7423; Dime Bank; IC Bible Study; Hampton Coffee; Pepperidge Farm; Hank Hulse Farms; Tonino’s; Stop & Shop; Rico’s; and Justin’s Chop Shop for the delicious turkeys and hams.

With special thanks to all the amazing elves who helped put the food baskets together, organized gifts and loaded Santa’s sleigh.

In loving memory of Chris Schmidt. This year was hard without you. As you would always tell me about Dad, we felt your spirit this Christmas season.

Thank you for your generosity, dedication, and absolutely all that you have done for the church and community.

In loving memory of Gordon Werner — you are forever in our hearts.

Kristin Kalisak


Westhampton Beach