Many businesses and organizations are holding fundraisers & drives this holiday season. Here are some great ways for you and your family to donate this year.
Food & Clothing Donations
- Many Long Islanders are in need of food. Drop off canned or other non-perishable foods at any Long Island McDonald’s location through December 30th to benefit Island Harvest.
- Newman Orthodontics (14 Glen Cove Road, Roslyn – 516.626.2060) is working with Island Harvest to collect non-perishable food for Long Islanders in need. All are welcome to donate through December 23.
- The Light Alliance Foundation will be collecting non-perishable foods and new or slightly worn clean clothing at Waldbaums in Great Neck (40 Great Neck Road) on Sunday, December 18 from 11am to 3pm.
- The Warm Coats & Warm Hearts campaign is collecting coats for men, women and children. Coats must be in good condition, with no stairs or rips and have working buttons / zippers and will be donated to Long Island Cares. There are special drop-off boxes at the Burlington Coat Factory stores in Garden City (650 Stewart Avenue, 516.683.4777), Lawrence (345-365 Rockaway Turnpike, 516.371.4340), Lake Grove (2900 Middle Country Road, 631.588.4144) and Patchogue (196 East Main Street, 631.758.7366) through January 16, 2012.
- Join KJOY radio, Island Dental Associates and Santa on December 22 from 5 – 7pm for the first annual Holiday Kids Coat and Toy Collection at 639 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square. They will be accepting new unwrapped toys and new or gently used coats to make this holiday season special for local families in need. KJOY and Santa will welcome you with sweet treats from A Taste of Home Bakery – bring your cameras to take pictures with Santa.
- Bring a new unwrapped toy and get a special gift for yourself, courtesy of KJOY on Saturday, December 17. You’ll have the chance to meet Santa during a very special live holiday broadcast from Roslyn Savings Bank in East Meadow (1900 Hemstead Turnpike) from noon until 2pm.
- O.B. Davis and Casimir Funeral Homes are drop-off locations for the annual Holiday Magic of Long Island toy drive. Bring new unwrapped toys to the funeral homes through December 20 during regular business hours. Drop-off locations: O.B. Davis Funeral Homes at 2326 Middle Country Road in Centereach (585-8888); O.B. Davis Funeral Homes/Casimir Funeral Home at 1001 Route 25A in Miller Place (744-1001 or 744-5100); O.B. Davis Funeral Homes/Casimir Funeral Home at 4839 Nesconset Highway in Port Jefferson Station (473-0360 or 473-5555).
- The John Thiessen Children’s Foundation will be collecting toys for their 20th Annual Toy Drive on December 17th and 18th at their foundation’s center, 1881 Wantagh Avenue in Wantagh.They are also looking for people and businesses to sponsor a child this holiday season. For more information on both programs, call 516.679.TOYS.
- Walt Whitman Mall (Route 110, Huntington) and WALK radio are holding their annual toy drive on Thursday, December 15 from 5am to 7pm. Please bring unwrapped toys to benefit the Salvation Army. Special deals will be available at two mall stores, Gadgets & Gizmos and Smart Toys. WALK radio will be broadcasting live in the Center Court of the mall.
Pets Are In Need Too!
- The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter (3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh) will be collecting pet supplies for donation to local pet rescue groups and organizations through January 15, 2012. Donate pet food, toys, beds, blankets, treats, brushes and other necessary pet supplies to benefit Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, Our Best Friends Rescue, Abandoned Angels, Almost Home Animal Rescue, All About Cats and Neighborhood Cats.
Did we miss any charity drives that you know of? Let us know the details in the comments below!