In addition to WOWI's support of the essential pantry, we also provide holiday assistance by creating Thanksgiving baskets. As with items in the essential pantry, these baskets are distributed anonymously through our school district to compromised local families in need of a little holiday time support.
The baskets contain shelf stable items for the holiday meal as well as breakfast, some snacks, and a Stop and Shop gift card to purchase fresh items. We were able to provide baskets for 14 families last thanksgiving, each "basket" consisting of two overflowing reusable shopping bags of food.
Through the generosity of our members, and the community supporting our fundraisers, we hope to increase the number of baskets every year and spread even more holiday cheer.
Judy Ryan, Chairperson
Please see the attached donation list and instructions for the Women of West Islip 2018 Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive.
Please feel free to contact me about dropping off donations, 631-300-8803
This year we will be donating 14 Thanksgiving baskets to West Islip families in need. As in the past, the baskets will be distributed through Carrie Russo, one of the West Islip School district’s social workers. Carrie also runs the Essential Pantry, and we are so grateful for everything she does in the community.
Below I’ve broken up the food donation list alphabetically by the first letter of your last name. Choose as many or as few that you can contribute, however, keep in mind that we make 14 baskets, and we like to give each family one of each item. Of course any additional donations are welcome, if it’s something fun, buy 14!
We donate these baskets on behalf of all of the Women of West Islip and your support is very much appreciated.
Small plastic jar Peanut Butter
Small plastic jar Jelly
Canned Green Beans
Large Can of Sweet Potatoes
Box of Macaroni and Cheese
Gravy in cans or Gravy mix
Shelf stable 6 pack Regular or Chocolate Milk
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Corn Muffin Mix, 2 of Jiffy brand
Canned Cranberry Sauce
Pancake Syrup in plastic
Pasta Sauce in plastic jars or cans
Box of Pasta
Regular Size Package of Oreos or Chips Ahoy
Small Canola Oil
As a reminder each basket gets a donated $25 gift card to Stop and Shop.