Doing Good and Giving Back During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is here, and with Christmas and Hanukkah and the whole holiday season around the corner, there are many people who could use a helping hand—many right in own own communities. In the Hamptons there are a lot of people that struggle. There are those families who are having to choose between their mortgage or what they are going to eat, those who have no place to call home, and those who simply cannot afford toys for their young children. This holiday season, we’ll be sharing a look at a number of organizations helping us all give back. Giving feels good.

Donate To The Springs Community Church: The Springs Community Presbyterian Church is asking people to donate non-perishable food items for people in need. You can also donate to the church by volunteering your time or giving a cash donation. Located at 5 Old Stone Highway in East Hampton. 631-907-0177.

Toys For Tots: The Kiwanis Club of East Hampton will be handing out Toys for Tots boxes where you can donate toys for children in need. The drop off locations for toys are at the following businesses in East Hampton: Amaden Gay, Village Hardware, John Marshall, East Hampton Middle School, East Hampton High School, Amagansett School, Montauk School, Cook Hall and Hyde, Herbs Market in Montauk, Springs General Spring Store, Springs Pizza and Hudson City Savings Bank. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.’s office is also participating in the program. His office is located at 2302 Main Street, Suite A, in Bridgehampton. For more information, call 631-537-2583.

Core Cares Cycle-A-Thon: Core Dynamics Health & Fitness in Water Mill, will have its second annual Core Cares Cycle-a-thon on December 17, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All funds raised from the event will be donated to Maureen’s Haven, a program helping local people in need during the holiday season, based at the First Presbyterian Church in Southampton. Ride in the event for as little as $15. For more information, and to reserve your spot, call Core Dynamics at 631-726-6049.

Citizens 4 Humanity: This wonderful charity provides dinners and complete meals to single moms and their children. Volunteers cook directly in the homes of families, and money that is donated is used to buy food. Citizens 4 Humanity also accepts and provides other basic needs for single mothers. .You can visit them at 3 Hawthorne Road, Southampton or call them at 631-494-8981, or visit

Coat Drive: The Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor is holding a coat drive this month. Coats can be dropped off at the church. Call 631-725-0128

Drive Out Hunger Rally: Mini Cooper of Southampton will have a “Drive Out Hunger” Road Rally on Sunday, December 4. The rally will be asking those that participate to bring non-perishable groceries for the Southampton Food Pantry. To register or for questions call 631-726-6734.

Gifts For Children: Our Lady of Poland Church of Southampton will be accepting children’s Christmas gifts to be given out to children in need through December 18. Call (631) 283-9110.

Donate To A Retreat Family: The Retreat in East Hampton is doing their Adopt-A-Family program where a person can provide a Retreat family with holiday gifts for their family. The Retreat is a center for women and children abused from Domestic Violence. For more information, call 631-329-4398 ext. 113.

Have a favorite charity, organization or cause this holiday season? Share it with us in the comments below.

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