• Spread The Holiday Cheer: Holiday Toy And Food Drives In NYC

    Help Bring Comfort To The Needy This Winter

    By Amanda Ferris

    Toy Drives 

    FreeMAT Toy
    Drive
    : run by a voluntary organization of employees from New York Hospital
    Queens, this toy drive will donate to children of deployed army personnel from
    local reserve bases until December 15
    th. To drop off donations,
    please visit the
    New York Hospital Queens Main Entrance Security Desk at 56-45
    Main Street, Flushing, NY. For more information, visit
    here:
    nyhq.org/evc/Page.asp?PageID=EVC000167&Date=2010-12-05

    Holiday Toy
    Swap
    : Hosted by ThredUp, this toy drive allows parents to donate their
    children’s gently used toys to a family in need. ThredUp sends their own boxes,
    picks up the shipment and puts the shipment label on the package so you don’t
    have to spend a dime! For more information, visit
    thredup.com/toys

    Brooklyn New
    York Marine Foundation:
    With several convenient drop-off locations throughout
    Manhattan and the outer boroughs, bring a smile to the faces of needy children
    this holiday season by donating new, unwrapped toys. For more information, please
    visit:
    brooklyn-ny.toysfortots.org

    La Casa De Salsa Holiday Toy Drive: Brooklyn’s premier dance
    studio is hosting its first-ever holiday toy drive. Stop by to donate a toy or
    a book to bring a smile to a child’s face! For more information, visit
    facebook.com/lacasadesalsaDS

    The Jewish Community Center Holiday Toy Drive: Donate new,
    unwrapped toys through December 14
    th and help support the non-profit
    organization A Sanctuary For Families, which gives support for domestic
    violence victims. For more information, visit:
    jccmanhattan.org/cat-content.aspx?catid=2881&progID=22011

    Room To Grow: Donate gifts at the Room to Grow Manhattan
    headquarters or support this charity by purchasing items from the online gift
    registry! This non-profit organization supports low-income parents of babies
    and toddlers year round, so help bring these families some holiday cheer! For
    more information, visit:
    roomtogrow.org/

    Baby Buggy:
    Bring some holiday cheer to parents and babies living in poverty by donating
    new and gently used items such as bottle warmers, bibs, bassinets, and more at
    Baby Buggy’s Manhattan Headquarters on West 37
    th street. For more
    information, visit:
    babybuggy.org

    Coalition For
    The Homeless Annual Toy Drive
    : Help support this organization’s goal of reaching
    1,000 gifts for needy children living in New York City shelters this holiday
    season! You can drop off toy donations at Public Advocate Bill de Blasios’
    office in Manhattan.
    For more
    information, visit:
    pubadvocate.nyc.gov/holiday-toy-drive

    Second Chance
    Toy Drive
    : Log onto their website for locations nearest you! They accept only
    plastic toys, and they must be clean and fully operational. The drive lasts
    until December 9
    th. Please visit secondchancetoys.typepad.com/ for
    details.

    Food Drives

    Montessori School’s Holiday Food Drive: Help the children of
    the Montessori School of New York International reach their goal of 500,000
    non-perishable food items by donating! You can contributions at any of the
    three campuses of the Montessori School of New York International: 105 8
    th
    Avenue, Park Slope; 347 East 55
    th Street NYC; and 55-30 Junction
    Blvd, Queens.

    Food Bank For New York City: Log onto their official website
    to find out which donation site is closest to you, and see which food items
    they are in need of! Your contribution will go towards one of the many food
    assistance programs throughout the five boroughs. For more information, visit:
    www.foodbanknyc.org/go/how-you-can-help

    Daily News Food
    Drive:
    This food drive is City Harvest’s largest event. Donations are accepted
    at any FDNY or NYPD police station, as well as any New York City Modell’s
    Sporting Goods stores. You can also donate directly at
    the Daily News Building
    lobby at450 West 33
    rd street. For more information, please visit:
    cityharvest.org/donate-food/donation-drives/

    Project
    Hospitality:
    Donate fruit juice, coffee, tea, non-perishable milk, and peanut
    butter and jelly at Project Hospitality’s food pantry. You can also donate
    fresh fruits and vegetables at their Community Service Center at 514 Bay Street
    from 9a.m. to 5p.m. For more information, please visit
    projecthospitality.org/index.php?id=34

    Feeding America:
    This holiday season consider making a monetary donation to Feeding America and
    help Americans who are struggling against hunger and poverty. You can donate
    $25, $50, $100, or name your own price. For more information, please visit:

    feedingamerica.org/take-action/donate.aspx

    Greenpoint
    Reformed Church
    : Make a monetary donation or leave boxed or canned food in the
    collection box at the church or outside the front door. Also, consider
    volunteering with church’s food pantry and bring a smile to those in need! For
    more information, please visit:
    greenpointchurch.org/?page_id=84

    Animals Relief
    Fund:
    Pets need food too! Go online to their website and see a list of
    participating pet stores to buy a bag of pet food to be donated! Or make a
    monetary donation online to help struggling pet owners. For more information,
    please visit:
    arf-ny.org/index.html

    Animal Care and
    Control Holiday Drive
    : Visit the drop-off sites in your neighborhood and give
    food, blankets, and toys to homeless NYC animals. Also consider adopting a cat
    or a dog from the
    AC&C this holiday season as well. For more information,
    visit:
    nycacc.org/Holiday_Donation_drive.html

    ASPCA: Donate
    unopened food for cats and dogs at the
    ASPCA’s Adoption center 424 East 92nd Street between 1st and York Ave during the regular
    adoptions hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. or Sunday 11:00 A.M.
    - 5:00 P.M. For more information, please visit:
    donate.aspca.org/sitecore/content/Home/Donate/donating-blankets-petfood-etc/

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