The holiday season is upon us and with it comes a whirlwind of activities to enjoy: baking, holiday parties and activities, not to mention holiday shopping. For some Long Islanders however, this might be a time of hardship and sadness for various reasons such as illness and financial situations. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the gift of giving this holiday season.
How to help your fellow Long Islanders in need:
Friday, December 19th
2014 Holiday Party, Toy Drive, and Networking Event
Come on down and enjoy some dinner and dancing along with DJ Don Q from the 26th Annual Gala, back by popular demand! Event will include Includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, wine, dessert,soft drinks and a cash bar will be available.
Saturday, December 21st
American Red Cross and NY Islanders Blood Donations
Join the American Red Cross and the NY Islanders at Nassau Coliseum to donate blood to those who are need in this holiday season. Held from 9 AM-3 PM.
Tuesday, December 23rd
7th Annual Cops Who Care Food Drive
The 7th Annual Cops Who Care Food Drive will take place on December 23rd at the Parking Lot of SCPD Headquarters in Yaphank. This event is a partnership between the Suffolk County Police Department & the New York State Police. FREE turkeys and hams will be distributed to families in need.
BounceU is sponsoring a Holiday Toy Drive running from November 22 through December 20. They will be collecting new, unused toys to donate to the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots program. Participants will receive $2 off any Open Bounce Session.
If you can’t make these upcoming fundraisers there are still plenty ways to help.
Here are a few local charities that help our Long Island neighbors in need:
Newsday Charities Help-A-Family
Newsday Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, provide programs (shelter, transitional housing, food and a safe haven for domestic abuse victims) to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families. When you donate, The McCormick Foundation matches your gift at fifty cents on the dollar so $20 becomes $30; $100 becomes $150 and so on.
Toys for Tots
Collecting for Toys for Tots has been a wonderful tradition here at Teresa’s Family Cleaning and this year we had some local entertainment (see video below!) The marines came by to pick up our donations for the year but there is still time to donate!
Lighthouse Mission is Long Island’s largest mobile food pantry. Each week, Lighthouse Mission box trucks go out stocked with emergency food, clothes & other necessities to help Long Islanders in need, feeding more than 3200 people.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is currently accepting age-appropriate donations for underprivileged area teens in time for the holiday season
Local churches, synagogues and food pantries could use your help too
Most religious establishments either collect food and donations internally or donate to food pantries and other charities year round. Consider stopping by one in your neighborhood to see if they are accepting donations. If you are not sure where to start, check out this food pantries of Suffolk County website to get you started.
Local Long Islanders need our help and I cannot think of a better way to teach our children that charity begins at home this holiday season. If you know of a local charity that could use some help, feel free to leave their information in the comments below.