Updated (Again): 13 Ways to Give Locally This Holiday Season

Local charities and drives happening around Port Jefferson this year.

In the nonprofit business they have a tongue-in-cheek saying: Give 'till it hurts. Well, we're going to help you do some damage this Holiday season because in reality, nothing feels as good as helping others. Originally we put together a list of ten ways for you to give this holiday.

Apparently we were wrong. We got a suggestion for an eleventh way to give.

Then, we got another one and another! So the increasingly innacurate list of ten ways to give this holiday season is now, 13 ways to give this holiday season.

But don't worry. If you know more ways to make the season bright in Port Jefferson (and Port Jefferson Station and Mount Sinai) for someone who needs just a little bit more, then send them our way. We can take it.

Check out this list below and before you shop 'till you drop, considering dropping off a little something for one of these great causes.

  • The is also a collection point for Toys For Tots. Drop by to see a display of 35 electric trains running on over 2,500 feet of track. While there, make a donation of a new, unwrapped gift so children don't have to go without this holiday season.

  • Terryville Fire Department’s Company Two is hosting its again this year to benefit children on Long Island. This year’s drive is on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fire Department Station #2. Donate a new unwrapped toy and receive a free picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be activities for kids and refreshments will be served. There will also be a non-perishable food drop for items to collect for the local food pantries.

  • has adopted a family in need for the holiday season. The family, adopted from in Port Jefferson, consists of a single mother of four children who also recently took in her niece. The children's ages range from two to 22 years old. They invite anyone to come in and take a mitten off of their "Giving Tree." Gifts will be accepted until Dec. 10. Call the office at (631) 941-3535 for more information.

    "Last year we had an amazing turnout thanks to our wonderful community," said company representative Brianna Scarpelli. "This year our family is larger so we need some extra help from the community to fulfill all the wishes of this family in need."

  • While this is not exactly a way to give this holiday, it may be a way to get something if you're in need. in Port Jefferson is holding a contest to give away free Invisalign braces to one local teen in need. You can head over to their Facebook page to tell them why you should win to enter the contest.

    Dr. Leon Klempner–partner in Coolsmiles Orthodondics along with Dr. David Amram–is no stranger to helping others. Klempner started the The Smile Rescue Fund for Kids this year to help .

  • is holding its . Donate clean, gently used coats throughout the holiday season. For more information please call (631) 474-9844.

  • is holding its annual . Local animal shelters and rescue groups are in deserate need of many items this holiday season, including but are not limited to canned and dry food, treats, collars, leashes, beds, toys, bowls, cleaning supplies, crates, houses and towels.  There are several drop off locations and pick up can be arranged. For more information please call (631) 331-0965 or email info@fetchdoggies.com.

    "We exceeded expectations last year and hope to do the same again this year," read a posting by Fetch advertising the drive.

  • Stacy Davidson, owner of on East Main Street in Port Jefferson . The items will go to answer the direct clothing needs and toy requests of 4,000 of Long Island’s less fortunate children living in homeless shelters, temporary foster care, Child Protective Services, sober houses, teen mother homes and domestic violence safe houses this year.

    According to Davidson, last year she helped fulfill the needs of 50 of these children. She said that this year, her goal is 75.

  • : A spare can of food can help feed a hungry person. Long Island Cares is looking for as many spare cans of food as possible, and for volunteers to sort and hand out the food, too.

  • is having its . Piano entertainment by Christopher Fazio. All of ticket sales go to the Long Island Chapter of Juvenille Diabetes Research Fund.

  • Welcome INN (Interfaith Nutritional Network) is a faith-based organization that helps to serve the hungry and homeless in the community with a hot meal, no questions asked. Soup kitchens are held throughout the week at various churches in Port Jefferson and Port Jefferson Station. Volunteers are always needed to help setup, serve and cleanup.

  • Head Start & Early Head Start in Port Jefferson is holding a coat drive for both children and adults. Drop off coats to their location at 400 Sheep Pasture Road or call (631) 476-9698 for more information. Donations will be accepted until the end of February.

  • is collecting items for families in need for Blanca's House, an organization helping to ease the burden on Long Island families during the holiday season.

  • Port Jefferson EMS has its Inaugural Toy Drive now in progress. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy to go to both the St. Charles Hospital Pediatric Unit and the Family Counciling Center of Hope House Ministries. They will be accepting donations until Dec. 23 at their headquarters at 25 Chrystal Brook Hollow Road, Mount Sinai.


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