By Connor Beach
Lines stretched down the block from Professional Automotive Service on New York Avenue in Huntington Monday night where hundreds gathered for the ninth annual Sorrentino Turkey Drive.
Andre Sorrentino, co-owner of PAS and Huntington’s director of general services, spearheaded the event during which a total of 2,650 turkeys were collected and handed out to local families in need.
The event has become an annual tradition in which local firefighters, police officers, high school students, businesses and volunteers work together to ensure that every family has a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.
Sorrentino said there was an “unbelievable turnout” for the 2018 turkey drive.
“Thank you to all of you who helped out,” Sorrentino said to the crowd of family, friends, town and county officials and volunteers who gathered at PAS to help hand out thousands of turkeys.
Volunteers worked for over two hours distributing turkeys to the those in need, all as people continued to arrive with turkeys to donate.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone thanked Sorrentino and his family for their hard work to “bring out the best in our community” during the holiday season.
Assemblyman Steve Stern, Suffolk Legislator William “Doc” Spencer, Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, and Councilmembers Joan Cergol, Mark Cuthbertson and Ed Smyth also attended the event and thanked the Sorrentino family for making the event possible.