Neighbors helping neighbors
How are you helping or being helped in your community? Newsday is highlighting Long Islanders doing acts of kindness, locally and beyond, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Share your story with us by emailing email@example.com.
Kids rebound from COVID lockdown in parent-run hoops league
For coach Josh Liebman, playing basketball has become a "morning ritual" every Saturday with his 7-year-old daughter.
17-year-old author collects nearly 1,300 books for a cause
The organization Hindi's Libraries gives "new life" to used children's books, its co-founder says.
Kosher food pantry at synagogue serves people of all faiths
"People come from all over," said Iris Astrof. She's been running the food pantry since 1998.
This LI 3rd grader shaped Bernie Sanders out of clay, raising $3,000-plus for charity
Julianna saw the mitten photo go viral, so she made a miniature clay figure of it for herself, but initially balked at her mom's suggestion to sell him, telling her, "I'm never going to sell him. He's just a cute little man."
LI kids, teens help children in shelters have happy birthdays
"I was interested in doing this because growing up, I was able to have a lot of birthday parties," said 17-year-old Michelle Yiu. "I just wanted to give these children the opportunity to have one, as well."
Therapy dog resumes hospital visits for first time since last March
"Sometimes people are very troubled; their loved ones aren't feeling well," said handler Gary Zelner. "She brings a smile to their face and brings them out of their worries."
Girl Scouts help hospital workers, homeless youth with cookie sales
"It's very exciting to see a group of girls to be so excited about giving back," said Troop 642 leader Marit Molin.
LI 16-year-olds raise nearly $5,000 to help struggling businesses
Two Long Island high school students, aiming to help businesses recover from the COVID-19 shutdown, raised the money on separate GoFundMe pages.
Pay it forward with a Post-it at this 'coffee joint'
Customers use the Post-its to write words of encouragement and hope before sticking them to the board. Then, they can be used to redeem a free coffee.
Chef whips up 'amazing' Christmas dinner for LI family, free of charge
Julia LaRosa nominated her grandmother to receive the free dinner. "Growing up, I could show up with four other friends and she'd immediately put a pot of macaroni on the stove," the granddaughter said. "So for her to have a personal chef so she gets to relax for the holidays, how cool would that be?"
After losing husband to COVID, animal lover keeps pet pantry going
"My husband always said, 'Paw It Forward is my baby,' " said Danielle Scala-Nathan. "He was always helping physically when he could, and always had my back on it."
Breast cancer survivor starts clothing bank
The special shirts Loraine Alderman needed to accommodate her post-surgical body were only available online. So she and her husband founded Dress for Recovery, a clothing bank connected with the "Circle of Hope" wig bank at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Merrick.
A mission to bring joy to kids with cancer
An Amityville-based nonprofit charitable organization called KIDS NEED MoRE is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families coping with cancer and serious illness.
LI teen makes toy drive her mission after 'scary' hospital visit
An unexpected allergic reaction on Christmas night 2009 resulted in a stop at a Long Island Hospital for then 4-year-old Emily Meyer.
A (virtual) party for people with disabilities will continue post-pandemic
It started with about five participants. At its peak, there were 50. Friends Chat welcomes people of all abilities to paint, dance and laugh almost every night on Zoom.
LI artist transforms pandemic sadness into smiles
"They could see my happiness come out in the paintings, which is my whole goal, to make people smile," said Jennifer Okubo.
Instead of trick-or-treating, LI girls donate to charities
Volunteers will be knocking on doors to deliver candy to children in Central Islip and Brentwood. Meanwhile, fifth-graders in East Meadow will skip trick-or-treating to raise money for different causes.
Nonprofit founder gives away Halloween costumes
"How does it make your heart feel when you help people?" Cassy Caputo asked her son, Keith Caputo, a founder of Helping Makes U Happy. He replied, "Fantastic, happy, joyful. My heart goes 'kaboom, kaboom.' "
LI boy runs sock drive, donates his sneakers to aid homeless
Jackson Southerland, 13, collected 500 pairs of socks last Christmas for the homeless. This year, he has a new goal amount in mind.
LI teen’s bat mitzvah project aims to ‘stop the stigma’ surrounding mental health
For her bat mitzvah project, Sadie Feingold held an exercise class at her synagogue to promote teen mental health and to benefit the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights. Her efforts raised nearly $2,000.
Pandemic and holiday season throw LI nonprofit into 'overdrive'
Their goal is to provide a turkey to every family that reaches out to them for the Thanksgiving drive, said the organization's vice president.
Music therapy on Zoom gives this LI boy with autism reasons to sing
The music therapist said she doesn't know if she would have been able to make as much progress with her 11-year-old student in person. Their relationship flourished during the Zoom sessions, she said.
LI boy with hemophilia couldn't play soccer during pandemic. His coaches found a way.
"To me, I think it's an amazing, selfless act," said Bernadette Camberdella. "These parents don't have these things to think about for their own child. They don't have to consider Sean, but they have from the very beginning."
200 families fed with $10 food baskets, thanks to mom and son
Louis Moran worked virtually with his mom — who has been in El Salvador during the pandemic — on a food distribution effort for her hometown of Suchitoto.
6-year-old LI boy's birthday wish: To protect and serve
A video moment of Jace McKenzie flinging himself into the arms of Southold police officer Michael Sirico has gone viral.
Mother honors late daughter, a teacher, with school supply drive
"If kids are going to be in school and learning virtually, they'll basically need two sets of supplies. And I'm happy to help with that."
Special-needs students create 'Picasso masks' and more in Huntington Station
"The thing with clay is if you make a mistake, you can always fix it," said art teacher Gina Mars, who teaches special-needs students at Spirit of Huntington.
Want to hear a Springsteen song at 1 a.m.? These musicians got you covered
The musicians sometimes play in the Huntington living room, transformed into a performance space, for five hours straight.
'Angels' deliver food to LI communities hit hard by COVID-19
Under the umbrella of Empowering Young Professionals of Long Island, a networking and mentoring group aimed at minority youth, crews made weekly deliveries of fresh produce, beans, rice and more to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suffolk police surprise Bay Shore girl with drive-by parade
Liliana DiMaio, 5 of Bay Shore, loves anything related to the police and loves dressing up in a cop costume.
Surprise gifts of free meals, coffee bring tears, cheers
Bagels, coffee and a side of generosity were served at Bagel Boss in Bay Shore.
LI siblings collect 8,000 pounds of donated food from driveway
Since March 27 the Garvey siblings' Babylon Village home has become the place to drop off food donations. As of Friday they've collected 8,000 pounds of donated food.
Free child care program helps essential workers
"We gave them an activity to draw what they look like without their mask," said program coordinator Rhonda Nedderman.
LI kid uses birthday to raise money for COVID-19 survivor
Mateo Solis raised more than $1,000 for the family of a 3-year-old who contracted coronavirus and recovered.
Inspired by family history, LI native helps Holocaust survivors
"If my family could go through something so difficult, what reason do I have to complain about the small things that happen in everyday life?” said Evan Rosenberg, who founded 333 Charity and is helping Holocaust survivors amid the pandemic.
Caring custodian gets 80th birthday he'll 'never forget'
Elbert Wilder has been checking in on his co-workers since the pandemic began, making sure to call them every day.
Kids cheer up LI senior grads — and senior citizens
The two sisters agreed that they will continue making bracelets “until this is over.”
LI Christmas show artists light up neighbors' lives with hope
The brothers built an 8-by-16-foot arch with 1,200 LED lights that create rainbow and sunrise effects while also displaying messages of hope.
For LI vets, no man left behind during pandemic
From Coffee with a Veteran gatherings on Zoom to a pen pal project, Long Islanders are doing their part to keep community ties strong despite social isolation.
Sporty sibling duo high-fives front line with food donations
Gabby and Luke Postiglione have raised money to provide meals for 615 healthcare workers across four area hospitals.
Visiting nurse wins key to hearts of LI colleagues, community
Nurse Amber Rock, of Iowa, drove 1,200 miles to Plainview Hospital to help during the pandemic. Her colleagues returned the favor by replacing her lost $600 car keys.
Mom and daughter, missing each other, get the lift they need
Eve Miceli had been unable to visit her mother, who lives on the second floor of a St. James health care center. But her husband had an idea — and a friend with a bucket truck.
Quilts and robots give way to masks as LIers use skills to help fight virus
"Everybody can do something," said one mask-maker. "If you can't sew, cut. If you can't cut, look for elastic."
Animal lover's vow to cats, dogs: 'Nobody starves on Long Island'
LIRR machinist Gary Kaufman has been helping stray dogs and cats for as long as he can remember. Now, his mission is to make sure "nobody starves on Long Island."
LIers make headbands for doctors to ease pain from masks
Two Long Islanders are among many making headbands to combat the irritation caused to doctors and nurses from wearing masks all day.
Third-graders pay it forward to teachers, hospital employees
"Because of the whole thing that's going on, I feel like messages will make people feel happier," said 8-year-old Lily Ercegovic.
LI teen 'savant' finds voice as driveway DJ
Harrison Dearstyne is on the autism spectrum. His mother says he uses music as a way to connect with people.
LI library reaches out to patrons, just to say hello
"A lot of times they just want to talk to somebody," said the director of The Bryant Library in Roslyn, which started calling anyone who frequented the library within the past 60 days.
LI teen gives her phone to grandmother and teaches her FaceTime
"We were teasing that she'll probably have her own TikTok account by the time this is all done with," Jennifer Rahner said.
LI health worker donates $10,000 for equipment
Shari Hymes is a 37-year career veteran from Southold who works at two Long Island hospitals.
LIers keep kids hopping with Easter egg hunts and more
Jennie Reilly heard some children thought the Easter bunny had gotten the coronavirus and would be unable to deliver treats this year.
LI artist hosts 'drive-by museum' on front lawn
"As an artist I always go to my art to heal. This time I went to my art to inspire," said Helen Murdock-Prep.
LI teachers lip sync to Bruno Mars for students in video
"Hopefully it got a few laughs out of them," said music teacher Amanda Fortgang.
LI halal group's call for rice donations answered
"Our doors are open for any color, race and religion," said the regional director of Islamic Circle North America Relief.
LI business owners share trove of masks in coronavirus fight
Some mobilized social media networks to collect donations of N95 masks for first responders and health care workers.
LI family cooks up food drive to aid needy
The Watson family of Bayville holds a Community Food Drive to help seniors and families in need.
Great catch! LI fishermen donate fish to feed hungry
Montauk fishermen gave away more than 1,000 pounds of freshly caught fish to seniors and families in need.
Boogie Bear brings neighbors out for dance battles
"Everyone stands in front of their [own] homes clapping and waving," said Janet Clifford, also known as Boogie Bear. "I'm planning on going to as many houses as I can each day."
'Made You Smile' operation urges LI kids to send virtual drawings to senior centers
'I'd like to see this put a smile on their faces,' said East Hills Mayor Michael R. Koblenz.
LI sisters send cards of sunshine and flowers to the elderly
"They wrote things like, 'I'm sorry you can't have visitors but I hope this card turns your frown upside-down,' " their mother said.