This holiday season, as you celebrate with your family, take a moment to remember that there are less fortunate families who live right here on Long Island that are in need of assistance. Thankfully, through the strength of the community and many local charitable organizations, there is assistance available for those who are struggling, or experiencing a time of need. We’ve compiled a quick list of some helpful charities that are reaching out to the Long Island Community this holiday season, and included their contact information should you want to help, or be in need of assistance.
Toys of Hope
This Long Island based charity collects and distributes toys, books, clothing and for children and families in need, and the donations stay right here on Long Island to help local families. During this holiday season, they will be having events and donation drives all over Long Island.
For more information, please visit www.toysofhope.org or call 631-271-TOYS
Lighthouse Mission helps to provide food and warm clothing to families in times of struggle. In addition, they offer a fun-filled kids program on weekends for children who need a safe and supervised environment. The accept donations at their Bellport location Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm, and they have traveling food outreach programs all over Long Island where anyone in need and hungry can get assistance.
For more information, please visit www.lighthousemission.net or call 631-758-7584
Island Harvest is Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, with over 97 cents of every dollar donated going to directly fund their programs. Helping to feed thousands of hungry Long Islanders this season, they are always in need of donations in the form of food, funding, and volunteers. They even have options for restaurant owners to donate unused portions of food – making it easy for business owners and corporations to contribute.
For more information, please visit www.islandharvest.org or call their main office at 516-294-8528
American Red Cross Long Island Chapter
This holiday season, in addition to helping families on Long Island, the Red Cross is also going to be sending care packages overseas to soldiers who are fighting to keep our country safe. With dozens of different giving options, the American Red Cross lets you decide how your donation will be used. The Red Cross offers their assistance well beyond the borders of Long Island, and is always ready to help families in times of crisis.
For more information, please visit www.nyredcross.org or call 516-747-3500.