Getting Ready For School

Yousselyn Gomez, 6, finds a great pair of shoes for the new school year. She and her brother also found some fun toys too. Photo by Judy Rosemarin

Ethical Friends of Children is a free shop run by the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in Garden City. This outreach program assists more than 2,500 children and their families each year by providing them with clothing, backpacks for school and infant furniture. The service is set up like a store so people can select what they want from a wide variety of clothes.

“Customers are referred by many of the area’s social service organizations and are supported by both religiously affiliated and private agencies funded by Nassau and Suffolk counties,” said volunteer Pat Spencer of Port Washington.

Ethical Friends of Children, established in 1985, is staffed entirely by volunteers and there is no charge for any services. Individuals, families or community groups donate gently used clothing and other things children may require, such as backpacks. Any cash donations go entirely towards purchase of needed items for children, such as diapers and formula.

Volunteers are always welcome to help sort, organize and deliver clothing and goods.

“We will even pick up and deliver larger items like cribs,” said volunteer Judy Rosemarin of Long Beach. “Sometimes it’s the only way needy families can obtain these important pieces.”

Visit to make a monetary donation.
Contact Jim LoPresti by email at or call 516-280-5526 for details about making item donations and volunteering.

—Ethical Humanist Society

Lyn Dobrin
Lyn Dobrin is a writer for Long Island Weekly, specializing in food and travel features.

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