Making Donations to those in need this holiday season on Long Island

Making Donations to those in need this holiday season on Long Island

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 (

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 516-294-8528

Island Harvest is a food bank with locations in Mineola, Hauppauge and Uniondale.

Long Island Cares

Long Island Cares helps give out food and helps with school supplies and pets.

Kids United Against Hunger

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 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

New Or gently used items including clothing, appliances, electronics and furniture are happily accepted.

Society of St. Vincent De Paul

With locations all over Long Island, they will gladly accepting donations of all kinds.

The Salvation Army

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.!

Written by: Denise A. Visco

Finding The Ideal Gift For Dad This Fathers Day

Finding The Ideal Gift For Dad This Fathers Day

Father’s Day is only a couple days away and it is time to start shopping for that special man (or men) in your life. Every year, Fathers Day gift shoppers try to bargain gifts that express their love and gratefulness. However, this has been proven over and over again to be extremely challenging.

If you are looking for the perfect gift, consider the type of man that you are shopping for:

The Sports Nut: Men who can’t get enough of their favorite sports team would no doubt appreciate tickets to see their favorite team or some new gear, like a jersey, t-shirt or hat.

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The Movie Mogul: The guy who can’t get enough of the big screen would sure be able to appreciate a subscription to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu or even a streaming service where he can watch all of his favorites movies and TV shows.

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The Outdoors man: When shopping for the outdoors man in your life, consider which activity is his favorite. (Ex. fishing, hunting, camping, boating, etc.) Try to find the latest useful gadget or newest product made for such enthusiast. If you do not share the same passion for the great outdoors and you are hesitant on what to buy, a gift card to his favorite outdoor shop would be a great alternative.

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The Doting Grandfather: If dad has retired and moved away, confide in mom and plan a surprise trip to go see him and plan fun activities for those days that you will be in town.

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If you are looking for other fun ideas and events for this Fathers day, visit to find more information.

Have a very Happy Fathers Day.

Written by: Amanda Haase

Give the Gift of Life Insurance this Valentine’s Day!

Give the Gift of Life Insurance this Valentine’s Day!

Happy-Valentines-Day-SignValentine’s Day is only a day away. Are you still searching for that special gift? Consider giving the gift of Life Insurance. Planning ahead to make sure that your loved ones can continue on without having to make sacrifices is the greatest gift you can give. Whether it’s Term, Variable, Universal or Whole life insurance, C.H. Edwards, Inc. can assist in deciding what is best for you and your loved ones.

Maybe you already have Life Insurance? Have you considered reviewing your Insurance? Reviewing your existing insurance program is extremely important. It is very common to purchase insurance and never review it. Insurance companies will not contact you to advise if less expensive options are available or that there may be a problem in the future.

The following are areas of concern for existing life insurance policies, many of which we may be able to help you

-Term Life Insurance: The cost of term Insurance has changed in recent years. This may present an opportunity to save on your current premium. Often you can extend your fixed guarantee period or increase coverage for the same outlay.

-Variable Life Insurance: Careful attention needs to be paid to ensure that the contracts are performing adequately based on the values of the iinvestment. Reallocation or increased premium may be required.

-Universal Life Insurance: These policies are interest rate sensitive. The current lower interest rate environment has affected existing policies. Projections from the existing insurance company often show the policy owners may need to pay additional premium or face losing their coverage at a time in your life when it is needed most.valenintes vpc

-Whole Life Insurance: Many of these policies require several years of additional payments before premiums can cease. Although they are often purchased for their cash value growth, you may find less need for the cash and view the policy as an inheritance for your heirs. Sometimes leveraging the cash value for a high death benefit makes sense.

Does all of this seem overwhelming to you? Helping you understand your Insurance is a valuable service C.H. Edwards, Inc. offers to clients. So whether you are already a client or considering joining the C.H. Edwards, Inc. family let us help you give the gift of Life Insurance this Valentine’s Day.

From the Management and Staff of C.H. Edwards, Inc., Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Written by: Denise Visco