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10 Places To Donate To This Holiday Season

From Fighting Chance to 88.3 public radio, all of the organizations offer something to community members.

Give the gift a donation that will mean local organizations can do more this holiday season.

1. East Hampton Food Pantry helps over 400 families in East Hampton, as well from their satellite in Amagansett. The food pantry also educates those in East Hampton Town about hunger. Monetary donations can be made on the website. Food can be donated to the East Hampton address on Mondays and Tuesdays during the day. Food is distributed from the East Hampton location on Tuesdays 2 to 6 p.m., and from from 4 to 6 p.m.

2. Springs Food Pantry at the  provides Springs families in need with three balanced meals, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner to take home. Donated non-perishable foods can be donated every Wednesday and placed in the bin at the church. Perishable foods can be donated on Wednesdays after 1 p.m., to ensure someone is there to refrigerate the goods.

3. Sag Harbor Food Pantry at the  is looking for monetary donations, which can be made on their web site. Food and perishables can be dropped off at the church on Tuesdays from 9 a.m to 1:30 p.m.  Non-perishable food can be left in the blue bin on the side porch of the church. Dog food and cat food are also needed, as well as home goods, like toilet paper. Sag Harbor families in need can pick up food at the church on Tuesdays with proof of residence.

4. WPPB 88.3 radio has become a public radio station and needs support from listeners. Peconic Public Broadcasting is a fully independent non-profit, organized and operated for the purpose of non-commercial educational programming. Your contribution directly supports the programming and operations

4. Love the ocean? Love to surf and fish, or know someone who does? The perfect holiday gift this year is a membership and donation all in one. Surfrider Long Island is a non-profit organization that brings awareness to the ocean and educates about the future of our oceans.  The Eastern Long Island chapter has regular beach clean-ups of our favorite beaches, as well as sponsoring the annual and fun Surf Movie Nights.   

5.  is a non-profit organization, which helps domestic abuse victims.  With a long list of funding cuts, The Retreat needs help now more than ever. The Retreat has a 24-hour hotline which provides shelter if needed to support domestic violence victims and provides counseling and family services.

6.  is an organic community farm that prides itself on an being an all-volunteer organization. You can become a member or donate on the Website.  Organic farming is the future, after all. EECO farm has more that 100 plots where people practice organic farming, provides 40 acres for farmers to organically grow produce, gives workshops on organic farming, as well as participating in other community based activities.  Educating ourselves about organic foods is important to our futures.

7.  is a large organization that helps preserve and protect the land that we love.  The Center for Conservation is located in East Hampton, and it offers information about native plant gardens. The center also educates the public about over fertilization of gardens and the effects, as well as the importance of alternative fertilizers. 

8. Help keep art alive by supporting . LongHouse combines art, nature, and creativity to educate and inspire. Give your local landscaper or friend the gift of a donation. Garden tours are available spring through fall, LongHouse has a strong education base, and provides tours to schools that are intended to educate students about art and nature, and how they support each other. 

9. Love your pets and want to show your appreciation? Donate to the . It will help to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for the cats and dogs at the adoption center as they wait for forever homes.

10. Fighting Chance is a free cancer counseling and resource center in Sag Harbor. Independent from hospitals and funded solely by charitable contributions, the organization provides patients and their caregivers a better chance to beat cancer through informed action.

Tara Mansir December 07, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Another wonderful place to donate is Nana Cares, Inc. - The Kattie O. Berkoski Foundation. This foundation provides financial assistance to those who are struggling with finances due to medical and mental health conditions. A cocktail party and Raffle will be held at St. Luke's Church in Hoie Hall on Saturday, December 10 from 6 - 8 pm. Tickets at $25 and first prize is $2,500, 2nd prize is $1,500 and third prize is $750. If you would like further information or know someone in need, please contact us at 631-903-3861. To make a donation, please send a check made payable to Nana Cares to 81 Newtown Lane, Ste. 303, East Hampton, NY 11937. We look forward to your support!
Group for the East End December 07, 2011 at 02:34 PM
For those who want to support local environmental protection through education and advocacy, please support Group for the East End (www.eastendenvironment.org). Thank you!
Anne Marie Minicucci September 15, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I heard somewhere the Old Whalers Church is having a yard sale next weekend. I have items I'd like to donate for the sale, such as: decorative baskets, vases, lamps, etc. Please let me know if and where and when to bring these items to the church basement. Thank you, Anne Marie Minicucci 725-3453 or annemariemini@optonline.net

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