East Islip High School’s annual holiday food drive will be held as scheduled next Thursday, Nov. 15. However, due to complications associated with Hurricane Sandy and the current fuel shortage, the school is asking the community for additional help. 

In the past, students have delivered fliers to nearly every house in the community asking for donations, and then picked up those donations on the day of the food drive. Due to the current fuel shortage, food drive participants will not be able to drive around the community to pick up the donations.

The school is therefore asking for assistance in two areas. First, as this message only reaches those community members who have children in East Islip’s schools, readers are asked to please spread the word about the changes contained within this message to their friends and neighbors. Second, the school is asking community members who do not receive fliers to please deliver their donations to the high school between 4-8 p.m. on Nov. 15. Donations can be dropped off at the staging area near the gym entrance in the high school parking lot. “We regret that we cannot pick up donations from every home,” said Principal William Brennen, “but in lieu of the gas shortage we have no choice but to ask for your help.”

Residents who live within walking distance of the high school will still receive donation fliers and representatives from the school will still pick up their donations sometime between 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 15.  

“As always, your support for our annual food drive is greatly appreciated,” added Brennen. “Many of our local churches depend on our food drive to help feed our community members during the holidays. Additionally, the relief efforts associated with Hurricane Sandy have put an additional burden on our local food pantries, so this year’s drive is extremely important. Once again, we thank you for your generosity, support and kindness during this holiday season.”