As Christmas draws nearer, many people will rush out to grab last-minute gifts and treats. But not everyone can make the holidays as festive as they would like. Here are some places to help those less fortunate this holiday season.
Angels of Long Island
Angels of Long Island is looking for unwrapped toys, gift cards, or cash donations for the holidays. Any gift can be dropped off at 350 East Main Street in Patchogue.
Congregational Church of Patchogue
The Congregational Church of Patchogue will host a gift exchange at their Sunday Mass on Dec. 23. The gift must be hideous, ridiculous, humorous, or possibly downright silly, and inexpensive ($1 to $5), suitable for all ages.
Gifts are needed for children by Dec. 20. You can download the list of gifts needed on their website, lighthousemission.com. The program collects and donates gifts in a local school to help struggling families.
St. James Episcopal Church
St. James Episcopal Church in Brookhaven hamlet is adopting families to provide presents when they are not able to purchase them themselves. The church also participates in the Seamen’s Church Institute Christmas at Sea program, which provides warm clothing and gifts to mariners during the holidays. For information on how to donate, call the church at 631-286-0726.
King’s Kids Christian Outreach
The Mastic Beach outreach group is always looking for donations for their weekly food pantry. To donate, contact PJ Balzer or visit the Evangel Temple on Neighborhood Road.