Graf’s 2nd Easter Basket Drive Nets Outpouring Of Support

April 10, 2012
Photo, left, Assemblyman Graf and the Bayport Third Grade Girls Lacrosse Team display their filled baskets.

Photo, right, Assemblyman Al Graf, members and staff from the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sayville display their filled baskets.

Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C–Holbrook) recently held his second annual Easter Basket drive to help brighten Easter for the less fortunate on Long Island. More than 70 baskets were donated to the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County (VIBS) and the Brookhaven Lighthouse Mission, containing items like candy, toys and sporting items. A number of local groups and organizations contributed to the effort, making this year’s drive another overwhelming success.

“I am always amazed by the community’s commitment to extending a helping hand to their neighbors,” said Graf. “This year’s Easter Basket drive brought smiles to many children’s faces and provided life essentials to those in need. I thank all of the local organizations that put in the time and effort to make this drive a rousing success.”

Participating organizations collecting baskets included residents and staff from Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sayville, members of the Bayport Third Grade Girls Lacrosse Team, and students from the SUNY Stony Brook Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Trainers Honor Society.

VIBS offers assistance to survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault. The organization works to prevent the incidence of these crimes through education and services, and to raise community awareness of the need for justice and compassion for victims. Their 24-hour domestic violence and rape hotline can be reached at (631) 360-3606, or by visiting www.vibs.org.

The Lighthouse Mission’s purpose is to feed the hungry in the community. Through their "Street Outreach Program," the Mission offers a mobile food pantry that can be found every weekday across Suffolk County. The Mission feeds over 3,000 people each week, with a total of 146,000 people fed in 2011.