UPDATED December 2016: The following charitable organizations are accepting donations throughout the holiday season for needy families in Manhattan.
NYC MISSION SOCIETY ANNUAL TOY & BOOK DRIVE: Minisink Townhouse/ New York City Mission Society
What: Annual Toy & Book Drive to collect more than 1,000 items to present to underserved children in New York City during the holidays. Unwrapped donations can be dropped off at the Mission Society's flagship community center, Minisink Townhouse. Contact Chasity Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org at Mission Society for more information or to make arrangements for a contribution. Please call for drop off times.
Want more info? 646 Malcolm X Blvd. at 142nd Street, Harlem. 212-674-3500 x210.
New York Cares 28th Annual Coat Drive: New York Cares
What: We all know what it's like to be cold. Now, imagine having that feeling all winter long. New York Cares runs its annual Coat Drive because it wants to ensure every New Yorker has the opportunity to stay warm, healthy, and safe over the winter. To take part you can either drop off a coat at one of the locations across the city, start your own collection drive, or if you don't have a coat to donate text COAT to 41444. Just $20 buys a new coat for a neighbor in need. This year, New York Cares is hoping to collect and distribute 125,000 coats, which represents a record number of requests from its nonprofit and school partners, but is estimated to be only a fraction of the total need for coats that exists throughout the city.
Want more info? Locations across the city. 212-228-5000. newyorkcares.org/coat-drive.
Toy Drive 2016 : Harlem Haberdashery and Hoodwinked Escape
What: Toy Drive for the children and teenagers of the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem and NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem (formerly known as Harlem Hospital Center). Drop off your new toys, electronic gadgets and gift cards at one of two locations.
Want more info? Monday - Saturday, 12 - 8pm. Harlem Haberdashery, 245 Lenox Ave.; Hoodwinked Escape, 151 W. 116 St., Harlem. 646-707-0070. facebook.com/HarlemHaberdashery/