Slide Show: Church group hosts migrant worker Thanksgiving dinner

11/23/2011 12:14 PM |

Long Island Council of Churches hosted its annual “Migrants Thanksgiving Dinner” Tuesday night at Riverhead Middle School

The event, which is open to everyone and not just migrant workers, is organized by Council office manager Carolyn Gumbs, along with a team of 150 volunteers.

Volunteers cooked and served 47 turkeys, 200 pounds of potatoes and three cases of stuffing, five cases of collard greens and 10 cases of sweet potatoes.

Dessert included 20 pies donated by Wickham Farm in Cutchogue and 30 pies donated by Michael Cause of the Shinnecock Reservation, who owns “A Taste of Home Bakery.” Wickham Farm also donated apple cider for the feast.

Ms. Gumbs has been organizing this event for 33 years and expected to serve 500 people last night.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Carolyn Gumbs has trouble lifting a heavy pan of turkey to give to volunteer cook Louis Meacham of Sousthampton.