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Food drives hope to bring in 51,000 turkeys

Workers unload 1,500 turkeys donated by ServPro Fire

Workers unload 1,500 turkeys donated by ServPro Fire & Water Restoration Co. to the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Turkey Drive to Benefit Island Harvest. (Nov. 5, 2010) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

A massive 53-foot refrigerated container truck sat in a Bethpage parking lot, its doors open to reveal a vast empty space.

Island Harvest, the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island, is hoping to fill that truck with turkeys and Thanksgiving trimmings for needy families during the holidays. The more than 500 agencies that distribute Island Harvest's donations to the needy have requested 41,000 turkeys this year.

Along with the requests for 10,000 from Long Island Cares, another food agency, there is a call for 51,000 turkeys to be donated for hungry and struggling families on the Island -- up 11,000 from last year.

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