Montauk Helps Feed Hurricane Victims on Thanksgiving

Community comes together to prepare holiday feast and send it to the Rockaways.

Montauk residents have been sending help to the Rockaways in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and Thanksgiving is no different.

Sally Richardson and her husband, Andy Harris, who have lived in Montauk for 10 years, helped organize the delivery of a Thanksgiving feast, with donations from restaurants and residents on the South Fork. They plan to set out for the hurricane-ravaged area on Thursday morning at 8, and dole out pre-cooked food with other organizations near PS 105.

"We wanted to do something for Thanksgiving from Montauk," Richardson said. They have been inspired by East End Cares, an informal organization that formed to spread the word about the need and organize trips Up-Island. "The EEC Facebook page has been a wonderful tool," she said. "It allowed all of the organizing of this trip to happen."

About 45 roast turkeys, mashed potatoes and root vegetables, stuffing, pies, and cookies will be transported in a minivan lent to them by Main Beach Surf & Sport. She's not quite sure how many they'll feed, but she knows every bit of food is needed.

Cromer's Market, Tate's Cookies and The Hideaway all donated items. Bonnie Temple at The Dock donated mashed potatoes and all of the metal trays to carry the food. Gerri Tomitz of Kiss My Cakes in Montauk and Anke Albert of Anke's Fit Bakery donated more desserts. And many individuals stepped up too. "The Montauk community is a big part of it," Richardson said.

She and her husband will make the trip with Mark Smith, a managing partner in the Honest Man Restaurant Group, which owns Townline BBQ in Sagaponack, from which some of the donations came, as well. They couldn't take too many people so as to ensure enough room in the van for all the donations, Richardson said.

Earlier this month, Richardson, an artist who, with her husband, owns Stonecrop vineyard in New Zealand, went along with East End Cares on one of the trips on a chartered Hampton Jitney and was moved by the experience.

"I saw so many people without the most basic comforts of home. If we can bring just a little bit of that Thanksgiving comfort to them, then forgoing our own Thanksgiving dinner didn't seem such a big deal, really," she said. "There's always next year."

Dave Davis November 22, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Thank you for delivering such a close-to-the-heart story as this. As a life-long Montauker, it defines the heart and soul of this community, despite some of its obvious physical transformations that have taken place these past few years. All the best to those who contributed and those receiving on the other end. Dave
christie nicolle November 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Sally + Andy + East End Cares, you're the BEST! What is it about Montauk, lots of good people there I've met... everyone who has helped out fulfills the Bible's word: "To them that are given much, much is expected."
Taylor K. Vecsey November 22, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Thank you, Dave. Happy Thanksgiving!
sally richardson November 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM
So many people from places near and far made Thanksgiving a little bit brighter today for the folks in the Rockaways. But closer to home....I want to give a shout out to Cynthia Battaglia, she baked and cooked for days for our trip and personally took food to folks in their homes. Also the Montauk Bake Shoppe - they gave us hundreds, hundreds! of croissants and other goodies which made people smile, (actually cry sometimes). Gerri Tomitz (Kiss My Cakes) also needs a mention, in addition to making so many cakes for TG dinner for the Rockaways she took the time to make 'volunteer' cakes (walnut, cranberry torte, excellent). And a man named Joe who helped us get the food to where it was needed.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »