Written by Don  |  30. November 2011

MINEOLA, NY - November 30, 2011 - Helping to make the holiday season more hopeful for families struggling to make ends meet, two well known Westbury-based businesses are joining together for their third annual Holiday Food and Toy drive to benefit Island Harvest, Long Island's largest hunger relief organization. Stasi Brothers Asphalt & Masonry Contractors and Chi Dining Lounge are once again co-sponsoring the event which will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Chi Dining Lounge, 103 Post Avenue (near the corner of Madison Avenue) in Westbury. The community is invited to bring non-perishable food items and/or a new, unwrapped toy to the event. Santa Claus will be on hand to give out treats to all the good little boys and girls stopping by. Items needed include non-perishable food items, canned goods, powdered milk, shelf-stable juices, baby formula, supermarket turkey coupons and gift cards and personal care items. "It's at this time of year, when many of us are enjoying the holidays that we must remember that there are so many others that are not as fortunate as we are," said Joe Stasi, president, Stasi Brothers Asphalt & Masonry Contractors. "I feel so blessed to be able to help, even in some small way, those who are less fortunate and struggling everyday just to feed their families. Giving to others is truly the best gift that we can give ourselves." "Island Harvest is grateful for the generosity of the Stasi Brothers and Chi Dining Lounge for their support in giving hope and the gift of food to those people in our communities who are faced with unimaginable economic challenges, and all too often, hunger," said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest. About Island Harvest Fighting hunger and touching lives, Island Harvest serves as the bridge between those who have surplus food and those who need it, supplying over 570 community-based nonprofit organizations on Long Island with critical food support to help stem the advancing tide of hunger in our communities. Island Harvest has delivered more than 71 million pounds of food, supplementing nearly 54 million meals, since its inception in 1992. In support of its mission to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island, the organization is actively involved in education, outreach, advocacy, job training and hunger awareness programs. Island Harvest is a member of Feeding America. For more information about Island Harvest, visit www.islandharvest.org.

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