The following charitable organizations are accepting donations throughout the holiday season for needy families in Manhattan.
Burlington Coat Factory
This winter, Good Morning America, Burlington Coat Factory, and the nonprofit organization One Warm Coat will collect gently used coats, scarves, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, and gloves for needy families. More than 400 Burlington Coat Factory locations across the country are currently accepting donations. Collected coats and other warm winter attire will be distributed nationally to charities working with One Warm Coat. This coat drive will run all winter.
Chatham Green Dental Care
Dr. Lily Eng and Chatham Green Dental Care in Chinatown will run a food drive this holiday season. Donate $49 to the drive and you'll get a set of x-rays, exams, and two dental cleanings (six months apart). Proceeds will go to a local center to feed the hungry. Chatham Green Dental Care also accepts non-perishable food donations, which you can drop off at 215 Park Row, Suite 1. This drive will run through December 18.
Housing Works runs a series of facilities in all five boroughs of NYC, each with the express purpose of helping those infected with HIV/AIDS. Donate your unwanted furniture, clothes, books, or music to one of Housing Works stores and the items will be sold with the profits going towards helping provide food, medicine, and shelter for New York residents battling HIV/AIDS.
New York Cares Coat Drive
The 22nd Annual New York Cares Coat Drive collects gently used, freshly laundered winter coats for needy men, women, and children from December 1-31. Check out the website for drop-off locations, distribution information, and instructions on how you can host a coat drive of your own.
St. Luke's School Annual Christmas Fair
This West Village school will be hosting its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 4, from 10am-4pm. In addition to the children's carnival, puppet shows, pictures with Santa, and homemade holiday treats, the fair will work to raise money for Amnesty International, as well as children living with AIDS in Ilinge, South Africa. Visitors are likewise encouraged to donate gently used clothes, books, and toys, which will be on sale all day. Any unsold products will be donated to needy families in the New York area. For more information, call ext. 286.
Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society, the Bronx and Brooklyn Borough Presidents' offices, and the Food Bank for New York City are asking city residents to donate 10 nonperishable food items or a new, unwrapped toy for needy families and children this holiday season. Participants may take their items to the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, or the New York Aquarium from November 22 through December 31. For every 10 food items, participants will receive a ticket to either the Bronx Zoo or the New York Aquarium.