‘Tis the season to go shopping. Long Island families work hard and are allowed to treat themselves. But what if someone else was given a treat, instead? Charitable donations of all kinds are needed across the island, and anything from baby gear to automobiles can be used. Long Island Mamas Network put together a list of deserving charities. Most have multiple drop-off sites; if not, the organization may be able to pick up larger items directly from a home or office. Help another Long Island family this season and donate goods to a Long Island charity.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
“What if every child realized they had endless potential?” Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Long Island seeks to answer this question. Adult mentors are matched with children or adolescents, and these positive interactions will help boost academic performance, social skills and self-esteem. Donations Accepted: clothing, coats, shoes, small household items.
Possibly one of the best-known charities on Long Island, Goodwill has several donation centers across in the area. Families can give to Goodwill or shop for bargains at their stores. “The sales of donations help fund…job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges.” Donations Accepted: clothing, coats, shoes, housewares, automobiles
Individuals diagnosed with breast cancer can experience a range of emotions: fear, anger, denial, acceptance, and hope. Hewlett House seeks to support these individuals and their families. Additionally, they seek to raise public awareness, provide education, and support research that will hopefully eliminate cancer. Donations accepted: financial donations only
Proof that a group of caring individuals can change their communities, the INN started out as a small soup kitchen. Today the organization runs 15 soup kitchens, three shelters, veteran’s programs and other social services. Donations accepted: round-trip MetroCards, non-perishable food, clothing, unopened/unexpired baby formula, diapers, personal care items, monetary donations.
Help put an end to hunger on Long Island. This organization collects surplus food from catering halls, restaurants, and individuals and distributes it to families in need. Donations Accepted: Food
The John Theissen Foundation
This organization works with the families of sick and needy children, offering support, therapeutic medical equipment and/or toys for the holidays. Donations accepted: financial donations welcome
The Little Angel Fund
Affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital, this organization is designed to support the families of premature and ill infants. Donations accepted: financial donations, volunteers.
Long Island Cares
Help end hunger on Long Island. There are volunteer opportunities for children and adolescents as well. Donations accepted: unopened, non-perishable food; monetary donations.
Make a Wish Foundation
“Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles, wishes find a way to make the world better.” The organization helps families of critically ill children make their wishes come true. Donations accepted: airline miles; monetary donations.
The Maurer Foundation
One in eight Long Islanders will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Educating Long Islanders on breast cancer prevention, treatment and recovery is part of their mission. Donations accepted: financial donations only.
One of the most well-known donation centers on Long Island, the Salvation Army uses the donations in their adult rehabilitation centers. Donations accepted: housewares, clothing, furniture, automobiles.
Toys for Tots
For a needy child, the holiday season can be difficult. Toys for Tots gives Long Island families an opportunity to play Santa for a child in their community. Donations accepted: New, unwrapped toys.
By Rachel Minkowsky