Crews who won’t be home for Thanksgiving can head to this Levittown establishment Thursday for a hot-cooked meal.
Some 2,000 out-of-state utility workers won’t make it home
for Thanksgiving this Thursday. Harp & Hammer of Levittown is planning to
give them the next best thing – a big Thanksgiving meal and a taste of home.
Harp & Hammer Chef Karen Wilt said the workers are sleeping
in tents outside Nassau Coliseum, after previously being stationed at Eisenhower
Park. The workers were called up from all areas of the country to help restore
power following the aftermath of Sandy, but Wilt said she’s been told they will
be here for at least another two weeks.
Wilt, along with owners Jimmy Auld and Josh Malone, wish
to give these hard-working crews the Thanksgiving they deserve.
“The outpouring of support for families who lost everything
has been wonderful, but you’ve also got 2,000-plus people here from out of
state who can’t go home and be with their families, and something should be
done for them too,” said Wilt, a Levittown resident.
For their Thanksgiving buffet, Wilt has received numerous food
donations from local businesses such as John’s Farms of Plainview, La Rosa
Brother’s of Levittown, King Kullen and Stop & Shop. Gift card donations have
also come in from a number of generous residents.
“The donations have been phenomenal,” Wilt said. “It’s been
The bar & grill currently has enough Stop & Shop
gift cards and food, but Wilt said what they really need is Visa gift card donations so
they can go to the little stores to buy supplies.
stuff is what’s going to add up,” said Wilt, who is expecting at least 300-500
people to show up.
The open buffet
will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with doors opening at 12 p.m. Local residents still without power as
well as anyone struggling this Holiday are, of course, also invited.
The name "Harp & Hammer" might sound new to you. If you haven’t heard of the place, it’s
because they have only been open for a week. The bar & grill, located at 162 Gardiners Ave., was supposed
to open earlier this month, but Sandy had other plans for them.
“We had our grand opening and grand closing ceremony at the
same time,” said Auld, the owner who once owned a bar called “Scotland Yard” in
No matter how many people show up Thursday, Wilt said she
will make sure they eat.
“We are planning the traditional Thanksgiving feast –
everything you can think of,” Wilt said. “It’s going to be a win-win situation
If you are interested in donating, please contact Karen Wilt at ChefKarenW@gmail.com or call/text 516-813-6017.
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