Volunteers prepare 136 dinners on Thanksgiving
A group of volunteers at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring, continuing a tradition started by Tina Merando at Our Lady of Loretto, assembled 136 meals on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) for families in need and homebound older residents. Local restaurants also donated meals, and about 500 people were fed.
Vinnie Tamagna and Tara Sweet-Flagler organized the group, which included John, Luke and Madison Flagler; Christine, Ray and Phoebe Bokhour; Mike Smith; Heather Ferraira; and Jim Ely of Riverview Restaurant, who cooked turkeys.
Volunteer drivers, many of them from the Knights of Columbus, delivered 66 meals and another 70 were picked up.
Along with turkey, each meal included gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, butternut squash soup, corn bread, pumpkin pie, a card handmade by students at Haldane, a prayer and reheating instructions.