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Way to Go: Greta Farrell

Greta Farrell, 16, began helping Island Harvest, the

Greta Farrell, 16, began helping Island Harvest, the region's largest hunger relief organization, in 2008 when her mother read of a need for turkeys to feed local families on Thanksgiving. Credit: Handout

A Huntington High School senior was one of two honorees whose outstanding volunteer work was recognized at Island Harvest's "Taste of the Harvest" gala last month.

Greta Farrell, 16, began helping Island Harvest, the region's largest hunger relief organization, in 2008 when her mother read of a need for turkeys to feed local families on Thanksgiving.

Farrell acted by soliciting donations from neighbors and in two days raised about $1,500 -- enough for 150 turkeys. To date, she has raised nearly $10,000.

"At one point, there were three cars lined up at our mailbox to drop off donations," Farrell said of the initial collection effort. Of being honored at the gala, she said, "It was unreal."

Farrell also has participated in Island Harvest's "Coin Harvest Campaign" by collecting change from peers at the Long Island School for the Gifted in Huntington Station, which she attended through ninth grade.

Her younger siblings Jack, Emma and Luke have continued those coin-collection efforts and recently won $10,000 for Island Harvest in a Verizon drawing among schools that participate in the campaign.

Farrell is editor of her school literary magazine, president of the Math Honor Society and captain of the field hockey team.

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