The following charitable organizations are accepting donations throughout the holiday season for needy families in Suffolk County, Long Island.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is currently accepting age-appropriate donations for underprivileged area teens in time for the holiday season. These donations could include gift cards to stores like Gap, Old Navy, Target, and Wal-Mart, as well as electronic games, bath and makeup sets, jewelry, iPods, and more. Financial donations are also accepted. All donations must be made by December 14. Call Mark Cox for more details at 516-731-7880, ext. 13.
Big Tom Berg Memorial Toy Drive
Bohemia and Bellmore; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bikerornot.com/event/43036
Best known for dressing up as Santa Claus every Christmas and handing out toys to needy children, "Big" Tom Berg passed away last year after a tragic motorcycling accident. This year, Big Tom's friends and family are asking Long Island residents in Nassau and Suffolk to donate new, unwrapped toys in his memory in this drive they plan on making an annual event. Participants may drop off gifts on Saturday, December 18 from 8pm to midnight at two locations. See website for details and drop-off locations.
BounceU is sponsoring a Holiday Toy Drive running from November 22 through December 20. They will be collecting new, unused toys to donate to the Marine Corp's Toys for Tots program. Participants will receive $2 off any Open Bounce Session.
Hanukkah Day at Suffolk Y JCC
Commack; 631-462-9800; www.suffolkyjcc.org
Join the Suffolk Y JCC for an afternoon of Hanukkah celebration and fun. On December 5 at 1:30pm, the JCC will host an event for children ages two to 10 featuring candle lighting, refreshments, dreidel-spinning, gelt, and Hanukkah workshops. Families are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy with them to be distributed to needy families in the area.
John Theissen Children's Foundation 19th Annual Toy Drive
Levittown and West Babylon; 516-679-5098
The organization will be holding its 19th Annual Toy Drive over the holidays. With multiple drop-off locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the drive aims to provide sick and underprivileged children in Long Island with toys for the holidays. The website provides a complete list of drop-off locations and dates.