Logan CrawfordNov 20, 2017, 7:59 pmNov 20, 2017, 8:00 pm

Hundreds of volunteers fill bags to the brim with Thanksgiving food for hungry

Mid Island Collision has been feeding underserved communities during the holidays for 20 years


ROCKVILLE CENTRE -- Hundreds of bags are getting filled with boxes of stuffing, cans of cranberry sauce, and other nonperishable food items to feed more than 130,000 people on Long Island for Thanksgiving.

Paula Daskalakis is one of more than 200 volunteers who came to Mid Island Collision on Monday to help out at the Fill the Bag event which has been held in Rockville Centre for 20 years.

"It's a little back breaking, but it's nice," Daskalakis of Oceanside said.

Mid Island Collision owner Robert Jesberger spent $200,000 on food to give to charities this Thanksgiving.

"You're looking around, you're seeing all the people that make it possible by bagging it up and getting it done as quick as possible. It’s a gigantic event that makes me feel really proud," Jesberger said.

By the end of the event, organizers expect to have more than 15,000 of these care packages to give out to charities on Long Island.

Anna Amato and her husband Carl are volunteering 12 hours of their day to help give strangers a happy Thanksgiving.

"It's the right thing to do we're very lucky to have close family and a close community. It means a lot. We enjoy helping others and so does everyone else here," Ana Amato said.

The bagging continues until Tuesday and charities will be picking up the bags on Wednesday in time for Thanksgiving.

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