Dozens of volunteers descended on Coney Island Friday to hand out hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the fixings. It may have been the day after Thanksgiving, but it wasn't too late to help out residents of storm-ravaged Coney Island.
"We thank God today, giving them that opportunity to be able to say thank you," said one volunteer.
"We wanted to be able to do something to help people who couldn't have the kind of meal we had yesterday," said another.
Jill Waiser lost much of her own home in the storm, but was among more than 40 volunteers who turned out Friday.
"I'm fortunate to have a place to stay temporarily, and I did have a warm Thanksgiving, and these people haven't," she said.
There is indeed no shortage of need here in Coney Island, where even those without water damage suffered from days or weeks without power, hot water or heat.
"Usually I join my family on Thanksgiving in Jersey and other places, but without the heat and the hot water, I turned it down this trip," said one attendee.
Friday's event was organized by the United Way of New York City. On a day that's supposed to be reserved for shopping, many volunteers said this simply had more appeal.
"These are people that decided to opt out for the day of consumerism and going to spend and they decided to spend their time and talent to help people in need."
Meals were provided by Michael Scott Catering. Altogether, 1,000 hot meals were prepared. The United Way says it's not a one-shot effort: they're here for the long haul to see through the recovery effort in Coney Island.