Many call this time of year the season of giving. Here are local organizations you can give to.
Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown tragedy still fresh on Long Islanders'
minds, people might feel more grateful this year and thus compelled to
give back this holiday season.
Here is a list of local organizations that you can contribute to:
Established in 1980, the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program
offers emotional support and information to people with and/or concerned about breast cancer.Catholic Charities
the Diocese of Rockville Centre assists in serving the basic needs of
the poor. Every year, tens of thousands of people of every religion and
ethnicity visit Catholic Charities for assistance. Donations can be made
online. Car donations also accepted.
A nonprofit born out of his own childhood battle with a brain tumor, the Wantagh-based John Theissen Children's Foundation
provides hospitals and child-care facilities with therapeutic and
recreational equipment, supports families with financial assistance to
defray medical expenses, offers sick and needy children toys throughout
the holiday season, fulfill patient's (ages birth to 18 years old)
wishlists throughout the year and assists sick and underprivileged
Based in Mineola, the Long Island chapter of the American Red Cross
is part of one of the nation’s largest emergency response
organizations. It offers humanitarian care to the victims of war and
devastating natural disasters. Volunteers from ARC are still serving
several communites post-Sandy. Online donations accepted.
The Wantagh-based MOMMAS House
is a home for young mothers aged 17 to 23 years and their babies. For
approximately two years, the young mothers at MOMMAS House continue
education or vocational experience interrupted by pregnancy.
Incorporated in 1977, the mission of Levittown-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring,
professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives.
At 1 in 9’s Hewlett House
people with cancer and their families can become involved in networking
and receive support from people who are going through similar
experiences. Hewlett House is available without referral and at no cost.Long Island Crisis Center
provides free, anonymous help at any time no matter who you are or what
your needs are. The Bellmore-based social service agency provides a
24-hour-a-day hotline, a walk-in center, online live chat and live text
In Long Beach, several grassroots organizations have popped up post-Sandy. Here's a list of several
if you're interested in localizing your donations even further. Have other suggestions? Share them in the comments section below!
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