The holidays are a time when we stop and reflect for all that we are thankful for over the past year. It may be health, or family or even obtaining a goal that seemed out of reach. Some families are not as fortunate and the holidays can be a time of sadness for not being able to provide their families that same hopefulness for the year ahead.
The holiday season provides an opportunity to help those families in need. A food or clothing donation, volunteering at a food bank, collecting gently used toys within your own home or buying an extra gift for donation are just some of the ways you may be able to help. Don’t forget the Pets. Many animal shelters are in need of warm blankets and food during the Winter months. There are organizations all over Long Island that will assist you with your generous donation.
Here are some places on Long Island that will accept your donations:
Little Flower Family and Children’s Services (littleflowerny.org)
Little Flower is located in Wading River and helps children find foster care and possible adoption. Your support in the form of a toy drive, school supply drive or any other drive is greatly appreciated.
Island Harvest www.islandharvest.org 516-294-8528
Island Harvest is a food bank with locations in Mineola, Hauppauge and Uniondale.
Long Island Cares www.licares.org
Long Island Cares helps give out food and helps with school supplies and pets.
Kids United Against Hunger www.unitedwayli.org
Long Island Cares sponsors a project with the United Way of Long Island that helps teach kids about hunger and gives them an opportunity to volunteer at the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island www.bbsli.org 631-234-0000
Free pickup at your home is offered. Used clothing, coats, shoes, toys and small household items are appreciated and distributed to people in need.
Goodwill Industries International www.goodwill.org
New Or gently used items including clothing, appliances, electronics and furniture are happily accepted.
Society of St. Vincent De Paul www.svdprvc.org
With locations all over Long Island, they will gladly accepting donations of all kinds.
The Salvation Army www.satruck.org
The Salvation Army gladly accepts gently used items that will be sold through Family Thrift Stores. You can donate appliances, automobiles, adult and children’s clothing furniture and household goods.
These are just a few suggestions. Places of worship often provide the opportunity to donate food , warm weather gear and gifts through outreach services in your local community.
If you are feeling thankful this holiday season and would like to share that feeling with those less fortunate, reach out and make a donation. Your will have one more thing to be thankful for.
Happy Holidays from your friends at C.H. Edwards, Inc.! www.chedwards.net
Written by: Denise A. Visco