Local Organizations Seek Holiday Donations

Ronald McDonald House of Long Island celebrates the season
Ronald McDonald House of Long Island celebrates the season

Now that the holiday season is among us, many nonprofit organizations are reaching out for donations.

Donna Ceravolo, executive director and CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County, explained that donating helps local Girl Scouts throughout the year.

“Charitable dollars are essential to Girl Scouts of Nassau County just as they are to our many sister nonprofit organizations in the area. Donor dollars determine what we can do for those who are in need,” said Ceravolo. “About 20 percent of our girls receive financial assistance whether it’s a full scholarship to go to camp or just extra money to cover uniforms. No girl is ever turned away because of their inability to pay, and we honor that.”

To donate to Girl Scouts of Nassau County, visit www.gsnc.org. The phone number is 516-741-2550.

Giving a toy, game or financial support to children with cancer is Matthew and Marissa Weippert of The Sarah Grace Foundation for Children with Cancer’s mission this holiday season.

Matthew, chairman of the board of directors and president, explained, “As an all-volunteer charity we rely on the generosity of our donors to provide to children with cancer. The holiday season is our most fulfilling time as we try to assure that we can provide a little holiday cheer by giving a gift or holiday meal to as many children with cancer, and their families, as donations will allow.”

To donate to the Sarah Grace Foundation for Children with Cancer, visit www.thesarahgracefoundation.org. The phone number is 516-433-9745.

Jan Barbieri, executive director of Child Care Council of Nassau, believes donations are a way of showing support to organizations that help improve the lives of others.

“Donating during the holidays is a way of saying, ‘I believe in your work’ as a show of support,” said Barbieri. “After all, this time of year is all about giving to others. Your donation to Child Care Council of Nassau will support a program designed to help parents become leading advocates for their children.”

To donate to Child Care Council of Nassau, visit www.childcarenassau.org. The phone number is 516-358-9250.

Island Harvest Food Bank donations
Island Harvest Food Bank donations

Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank, explained that many Long Island families are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet and are accessing the food pantries and emergency feeding programs served by Island Harvest Food Bank more often. He believes donations this year is crucial for those in need.

“Generous Long Islanders have always come through during the holiday season to help their neighbors in need enjoy a warm, traditional holiday-style meal and we are grateful for any donation, no matter how small,” he said. “We are in need of frozen turkeys, canned or dry goods, supermarket gift cards and funds.”

To donate to Island Harvest Food Bank, visit www.islandharvest.org. The phone number is 516-294-8528.

Every year Ronald McDonald House of Long Island celebrates the holidays with the Season of Giving by giving back to families with sick children. The nonprofit organization believes donations make this time of the year more special for these families.

“Throughout the holiday season, we invite people everywhere to give a gift that really matters—the gift of togetherness with a donation to make the holidays a little brighter for our many families,” said Matthew Campo, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. “They say home is where the heart is—and that’s a sentiment that especially rings true for families facing the holidays apart because of a sick child.”

To donate to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, visit www.rmhlongisland.org. The phone number is 516-775-5683.

Susan Cacioppo of Port Washington who has been an Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline volunteer for 16 years stressed the importance of supporting those who support others.

Cacioppo said, “I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer at 32 years old, over 18 years ago. My world, as I knew it, was shattered as I hit rock bottom. The Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline became my lifeline and support as they connected me to breast cancer survivors who truly understood my feelings and the journey that would follow. I knew at that time I would want to volunteer on the hotline so I could pay it forward. This program is a blessing to have on Long Island and so needed by so many! Please consider donating, if you can.”

To donate to the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline, visit www.breast-cancer.adelphi.edu. The office phone number is 516-877-4320.

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