Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella announced that a special drive called “Helping through the Holidays,” will be launched at all three of the Town’s ice skating facilities. During the last week of 2016, visitors to Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating facilities are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to Town rinks to support Island Harvest Food Bank in its mission to end hunger on Long Island.

“This time of the year is called ‘The season of giving,’ and I am asking our residents to keep that spirit all the way through to New Year’s Day,” Councilman Muscarella said. “The last week of the year is usually one of the busiest weeks at our highly acclaimed ice skating facilities as family and friends get together for some winter fun. It’s a perfect time to lace up the skates and it presents a real opportunity to help Island Harvest feed Long Islanders who are less fortunate. Just one or two items from each visitor would make a huge difference.”

Randi Shubin Dresner, President and CEO of Island Harvest, said the Town of Oyster Bay has been an outstanding partner in the battle against hunger on Long Island. “We are so grateful for the hard work and determination of Town employees and the kindness of Town of Oyster Bay residents who generously have donated so much food at Town events,” Dresner said. “Island Harvest greatly appreciates and thanks everyone at the Town of Oyster Bay who support our efforts.”

Councilman Muscarella noted that Town of Oyster Bay ice rinks will be offering a special Holiday Schedule beginning on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016 that continues through Sunday January 1, 2016. The Town has three ice skating facilities – outdoor skating rinks at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa and Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, as well as the state-of-the-art indoor Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage. More information about the rinks, including the special holiday schedule is available at the Town of Oyster Bay’s website, www.oysterbaytown.com.

“I hope many of our residents can spend some of this holiday season enjoying some time at one of our rinks,” Councilman Muscarella said. “It’s a great way to have some fun and create long-time memories. While doing so, I also ask that we please remember those who are less fortunate. Your donation of food items will greatly benefit those in need and make our ‘Helping through the Holidays’ initiative a resounding success.”