Thanksgiving turkeys needed
Pastor Jim of the Lighthouse Mission is currently seeking turkey dinner and winter coat donations ahead of Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving turkeys needed



With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the need for food and clothing is becoming ever more present. Last year, Lighthouse Mission in Bellport served approximately 4,000 families. This year Pastor Jim Ryan anticipates even higher numbers.

“We definitely need help this year,” he said also stating that despite the increasing numbers of those in need God always manages to provide. “He always does it through Long Islanders. At such a crazy political time dividing people, it would be nice to see people unified for one purpose: getting people fed.”

For years, he said, the organization offered an in-house meal on Thanksgiving Day, but after noticing a lot of the area churches do the same he changed his mission, to give people meals to take home.

“Most of our people are just regular families trying to live paycheck to paycheck,” he said and is hoping to provide over 4,000 families with complete Thanksgiving meals.

Every week, twice a day, with the exception of Tuesday and Sunday, Lighthouse Mission visits 10 outreach locations including Coram, Central Islip, Shirley, Riverhead, Patchogue and Bellport, providing over 6,300 individuals with pantry items and clothing. At the Patchogue and Bellport locations a total of 792 and 880 people are given food and clothes respectively.

All turkey dinners including fixings will be given out during the week of Nov. 12. The organization is currently requesting donations early enough for distribution next week but will be accepted and distributed up until Thanksgiving. All leftovers will be properly stored for Christmas time and a prayer will accompany each meal.

“It doesn’t matter what color you are, where you come from, if you are legal or not legal, it comes from God and we don’t ask questions,” he added.

In addition to food donations, Lighthouse Mission is seeking winter coat donations as well as volunteers to help distribute. Lighthouse Mission is located at 1543 Montauk Highway in Bellport. Donations can also be made online and those located closer to a mobile outreach spot are encouraged to donate directly to the truck as well. A full list of locations and more information can be found at