Local Donations

in Essential Ramblings

As Thanksgiving creeps up on us and THE HOLIDAYS loom in the not so distant future, keep an eye out for ways to get involved in the community — there are always a multitude of holiday drives, needs and more, and this year I think there will be even more than usual. People are hurting economically and lending even a small hand will make a world of difference.  Get together with friends to host a family, gather your children for a special ‘shop for others day’, or if that’s outside of the budget, how about looking around for those Birthday party gifts someone gave you that you are looking to “re-gift” to a new family because you already own two.  Any little bit helps….I will try to keep a list of opportunities on the site on our Non-Profits page, but here are the first requests that have come in for the season.

Open Door Family Medical Centers Toy Drive
Open Door is working to ensure that children of less fortunate families receive a brand new toy this holiday season.  Please donate a new toy for our youngest pateints, ages newborn to 14 years old.  Goal: 2,500 new, unwrapped toys for children newborn to 14 years old.  Maximum value: $20.  Now through December 10, 2011.  Toy ideas: baby toys, learning toys, dolls, super heroes, television characters, Dora the Explorer, Legos, trains, remote control vehicles, craft sets, paint sets, wallets, watches, silver jewelry, jewelry making kits, sporting goods, gift certificate to businesses in Open Door’s neighborhoods.  Donation locations: Mt Kisco Open Door, 30 West Main Street, Mt Kisco; Ossining Open Door, 165 Main Street, Ossining; Port Chester Open Door, 5 Grace Church Street, Port Chester; Sleepy Hollow Open Door, 80 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow.  Other ways to help: host a toy drive, host a game night, pass a “bucket for the holidays”, visit our wish lists on www.amazon.com, www.toysrus.com, and www.kohls.com, monetary donations and donations of gift wrap are also welcome, or join our team of wrappers and helpers!  For information, contact Alicia Ward, volunteer coordinator, 914-502-1468 or award@ood.org, visit www.opendoormedical.com.  Bring joy this holiday season.  Please donate a new toy!

Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program for Friends of Karen
Watching the joyful expression of a child opening holiday gifts brings unforgettable happiness for every parent. Those happy moments can be so fleeting — especially when your child has a life-threatening illness. The Friends of Karen Adopt-A-Family Program allows you to fulfill the holiday wishes of critically ill children and their siblings. You may choose to purchase one gift for one child or several gifts. And if you don’t have time, make a cash donation and we will do the shopping!  Join us in making this a special time of joy for critically ill children and their families. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Denise Tredwell at 914-617-4052 denisetredwell@friendsofkaren.org