by Sue Giustino

The December Holidays should be about family, celebrations, and traditions. Yet, there’s no way around the gift buying and giving that also accompanies the season.

In an attempt to keep things a bit simpler, while also thoughtful, I try to shop local for unique items. Here in Montauk, we have some lovely shops offering many options; consider a walk around town and visiting the many shops lining the streets, strolling the stores in the harbor, or even a visit to the lighthouse giftshop can result with bags full of gifts to check off your list.

Of course, holiday/new year gifting can also include supporting a favorite charity. Looking in your own community is a perfect way to accomplish this. Please remember the MONTAUK FOOD PANTRY when thinking about giving to others.

Since 1991, the Montauk Food Pantry has provided an important service here in Montauk. Located in the lower level of the St. Therese Parish Center – 67 South Essex Street, the pantry is coordinated by director Alice Houseknecht, and staffed with about thirty volunteers.

To support this much needed service, our neighbors- who give of their time and energy to run this organization- need our help. The best way to show support, as many people have done or maybe are still doing, is to send a check made out to The Montauk Food Pantry – PO Box 997, Montauk, NY 11954, or drop off Cash or Checks, at the St. Therese Parish Center, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 and 3. Your donations enables the staff to coordinate products needed, for the scheduled deliveries and pick-ups.

PLEASE consider making a one-time, or even a recurring donation to this essential community service.

Peace, Health and Happiness to all in the New Year!