Despite the late hours of the night, buses of volunteers clad in blue shirts and white hardhats continue to pour in. The spectator crowd was strong throughout the night, but has since dwindled down. But that hasn’t stopped the workers, as they continue on determined as their deadline looms closer and closer.
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The parishioners of St. Rose of Lima of Massapequa are working the late-night food shift in the catering tent. They spent a few hours today hand-packing hundreds of sandwiches in an assembly line so that no one would be hungry tonight. They set up a little after 9 p.m., putting out cold sodas, cookies and bags of chips, much to the delight of tired workers.
Danielle LaRose, who has coordinated this meal, said there was no shortage of food donations from local businesses. “Every door just opened, it was amazing. Everyone wanted to help out,” she said. This is her second night here.
The St. Rose of Lima assembly line also packed a special gift in each of their sandwiches– a prayer card featuring St. Joseph, the patron Saint of the working man. With all the hard work that will continue on through the night, the workers are glad to know someone is watching out for them.