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Where to donate food, toys on LI

During the holidays it is good to think about others. At Thanksgiving I have learned that other kids may not have food or clothing. My family likes to donate clothing, toys and cans of food. You can donate food through school events or even at the supermarket. The fire department likes to collect toys at the holidays for kids.

Kids and adults may need clothing as well. It is good to give away old coats and gloves that do not fit anymore. Things like coats, scarves, hats, socks and boots are very helpful to people in need. There are many places that accept donations. You can probably look in your closet and find something that you could give away. My family helps by collecting old toys and other items we no longer need. Each of us fills a bag with toys we don't play with anymore. Ask your parent to help you find a place to donate this holiday season and help others. It feels good.

Here are some places for donations on Long Island:

LITTLE FLOWER (littleflowerny.org). Little Flower is based in Wading River and helps children find foster care and, when possible, adoption. You can help by hosting a toy drive, a school supplies drive or other events.

ISLAND HARVEST (islandharvest.org 516-294-8528). Island Harvest is a food bank with locations in Mineola, Hauppauge and Uniondale.

LONG ISLAND CARES (licares.org). Long Island Cares helps give out food and also helps with school supplies and feeding pets.

KIDS UNITED AGAINST HUNGER (unitedwayli.org) Long Island Cares sponsors a project with the help of the United Way of Long Island that helps teach kids about hunger and gives them an opportunity to volunteer at the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF LONG ISLAND (bbbsli.org, 631-234-0000) Free pickup at your home. Used clothing, coats, shoes, toys and small household items.

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL (goodwill.org). New or gently used items, including clothing, appliances, electronics and furniture.

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (svdprvc.org). They have locations all over Long Island for donating things.

THE SALVATION ARMY (satruck.org). Accepts gently used items that will be sold through Family Thrift Stores. You can donate appliances, automobiles, adult and children's clothing, furniture, household goods.

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