When the branches begin to sag and needles litter the floor, it's time to take down the Christmas tree.
In the East Hampton High School cafeteria on Monday, members of the school’s Key Club sorted some 1,000 toys collected for local children in need by the Kiwanis Club of East Hampton Toys for Tots program.
Bob Miller of Montauk, right, worked with a Greek sea rescue team off the island of Lesbos to save refugees who met trouble while crossing the open water from Turkey.
A shoreside medical bus staffed by two South African doctors was well stocked with medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and other supplies thanks to donations collected by Denise Schoen, standing at center back, a Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps critical care E.M.T., and others among the volunteer team that worked with refugees recently on Lesbos, including Freshta Po, standing at right, a nurse.
Along the beach at Skala Sikamineas, a Greek village just six miles from the Turkish shore, volunteers formed lines to guide refugee rafts to shore and help their occupants safely disembark. The beaches are littered with the remains of the flimsy boats and the lifejackets, often fakes inadequate for flotation, that were sold to refugees. Joanne Pilgrim
The Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, where those arriving in Greece must register with the government, provides limited and rough short-term accommodation, such as these pup tents on "Afghan Hill." Joanne Pilgrim
Smugglers charge around 1,000 euro per person for passage to Greece on overcrowded rafts, which refugees must pilot themselves. Volunteers on shore wave rafts toward the safer landing spots, and are on hand to help all get safely to land, where dry clothes and shoes, hot soup, tea, and medical assistance, if needed, are provided, along with reassurance and smiles. Joanne Pilgrim
Denise Schoen, at left, worked alongside doctors from all over the world who have volunteered on Lesbos to treat refugees with hypothermia and other medical conditions. At right, Emma Newbery of Montauk holds one of the younger refugees.
A little girl, left, with a new toy and warm clothes, walks through Moria camp. At right, a Syrian boy paints an image of his experience crossing the sea to Greece on the wall of a children's art and play tent. Joanne Pilgrim
Instructions in Arabic and English, left, provide new arrivals at Moria with information about the procedures they must follow to register as refugees. Scenic shores all along Lesbos show the evidence of the thousands of refugees that have arrived at Greek beaches seeking a safer and more peaceful life.Joanne Pilgrim, Bob Miller photos
The volunteer team sponsored by East End Cares and Do Your Part arrived in Greece with bags of medical supplies to help the doctors at beachfront sites and the refugee camps provide better care for those in need.Joanne Pilgrim
Eugene DePasquale, standing at right, of Montauk, helps refugees who have successfully made it across the sea to Greece, in an image from a photo essay shot by a German photojournalist.Martin Gommel
The 65-unit Panoramic View Resort and Residences in Montauk has been sold by the federal government to the management firm that owns Gurney’s Resort and Spa next door. There are no plans to merge the operations, a principal in the deal said.