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Ways to Give 2019

Giving is a great way to help those who need a hand up this holiday season. We have many ways to help, including gift drives, warm winter wear drives and more.  For any of the great drives below, feel free to organize a toy drive with your office or your baby group!  Have a holiday party potluck and have people bring gifts to donate.


Share these drives with work colleagues, block associations, or on social media. Every little bit helps!



The 2019 Little Essentials' Toy Drive


Suport Little Essentials Holiday Toy Drive and shop their Holiday Wish List on Amazon at from November 18th to December 2nd.


DETAILS: Select the gifts and send to the address near the top of the page: Little Essentials c/o Tribeca Pediatrics' Gift Registry Address

Little Essentials is a PSP favorite not-for-profit partner. They are a community response to a community need, helping families with children under 5 who live at or below the poverty line. PSP has  worked with them for 7 years, ever since founder and Ft. Greene mom Sandie Trombert had her living room chock full of donated items from her baby group friends to distribute to people less fortunate.

Deadline: December 16th




2019 Sheltering Arms Winter Wonders Gift Drive


Use Sheltering Arms Gift Registry for gifts ideas that kids and teens would love to open this holiday season.


Working with Foster Care, and with feedback from our youth 13+ , we decided to provide older youth with gift cards. We kindly ask that families consider donating gift cards (which can be found on the Amazon wishlist) to help us ensure our youth can purchase what they need/want. We have approximately 90 youth who are 13 years old and over. Of course, there is a need for gifts for children of all ages so we would be grateful to receive any gift that your families choose to donate. 

After making your gift, please fill out their online Donation Form - found at https://forms.gle/F5VxBdjZvCGZYVWB8  if you need a tax letter.


  • Select Sheltering Arms’ Gift Registry Address for the shipping address

  •  Enter your name, your Organization’s name if applicable, your contact information and the name of the Wishlist you chose your gift(s) from

    • E.g. 2019 Winter Wonders - Foster Care in the 'Gift Message' field.

    • If you're donating several gifts from the same wishlist, you only have to enter this information once on the first item listed in checkout


Questions? Contact Diana Ortiz at or (212) 886-5771.

Deadline: Thursday, December 5th


WRAPPING PARTIES-- These are at Sheltering Arms headquarters in Manhattan: 

    • 12/7 12p - 3pm
    • 12/8 12p - 3pm
    • 12/14 12p - 3pm
    • 12/15 12p - 3pm



Lantern Winter Gift Drive 2019

More than 23,000 children age out of the US foster care system every year.
After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.

Lantern Community Services champions the independence and well-being of New York City youth who are threatened with homelessness.

This holiday, many of our youth don’t have families to turn to at all.

With your help, we’ll make sure that every single one of them receives a gift.


Each gift on their Amazon Wishlist is only around $20. 

Please consider donating to our Amazon Wishlist

Or, gifts may be mailed to: 

Lantern Community Services Holiday Gift Drive

c/o Karisa Antonio

494 8th Avenue, 20th Floor

New York, NY 10001

 Lantern is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit and we would love to give you a letter acknowledging your donation for your tax records. To receive a tax letter, go here  and fill out their form.


Second Chance Toys

Nearly 14 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $22,050 a year for a family of four. Just by donating a gently used toy, you can make a world of difference in the life of a disadvantaged child and at the same time help keep toys out of our landfills.

From December 2nd until December 12th.

    • Kidville Park Slope

      808 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      Monday- Friday:9:00 am-5:00 pm

      Sat & Sun call store for hours

      Phone: 718-569-2150

    • Kidville Carroll Gardens

      380 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Monday- Friday:9:00 am-5:00 pm

      Sat & Sun call store for hours

      Phone: 718-522-1700

    • Private Building (leave with Doorman)

      265 State St. #801

      Downtown Brooklyn, NY 11201

    • South Slope Doorman Drop-off

      438 12th Street

      Brooklyn, NY 11215



Donate to the 31st Annual New York Cares Coat Drive!

For the last 31 years, New York Cares has channeled the generosity of our city into our annual Coat Drive. Last year we distributed our two millionth coat, and this year our goal is to collect 100,000 new or gently used coats for New Yorkers in need in partnership with social service agencies, public schools, transitional housing shelters, and other nonprofit organizations. 


You can donate new or gently used winter coats at a variety of locations citywide, including any NYPD precinct or our warehouse in Midtown (located at 157 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001). You can also start a collection, or help us purchase new coats at wholesale prices by texting “COAT” to 474747. Every $20 donated will keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter. The Coat Drive is a proud tradition that shows what New York City is really about: giving back to the community by looking out for one another ❤️


Learn more about the Coat Drive on our website:https://www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive.


If you have any questions please email us at or call us at (212) 402-1103.




December 2-6 coats will be collected in the school entrance (180 Seventh Avenue_.The coats will be distributed to families in need through St. Mary's Episcopal Church.


Dime Annual Holiday Toy Drive

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Dime Community Bank is located on the corner of 5th Ave and Union.
208 5th Avenue


2019 Holiday Drive at Borough Hall



Give to the PS 130 PTA Holiday Gift Drive for children in need this holiday season

At this time of year, there are so many worthy causes to support, and a great deal of need in the world. We are writing to ask you to consider need closer to home: the children in the PS 130 classrooms in Kensington, Brooklyn.

Each year, the PS 130 PTA sponsors a “Holiday Gift Drive” program: families in need are invited to register their children and fill out a list of needs and wants for the winter, and receive a gift basket of those items for their child(ren) in mid-December. As a Title I elementary school, we have a great number of families eligible for this program. This year we have 95 children registered to receive baskets.

Our program is asking the community at large if they can help by sponsoring winter boots ($30) or a coat & boots ($50) for a child in need. It takes a village to fill that many gift baskets.
On December 16, we’ll deliver 95 baskets, which will hold coats, boots, shoes, pjs, blankets/sheets, hats, gloves, scarves, rain gear, toiletries, socks, underwear, school supplies and backpacks to meet the children’s needs for this year. We’ll also include items from each child’s special “wants” – books, toys, art supplies, games and more.

1) Sponsor Winter Boots for $30, or a Coat & Boots for $50.
Please click on this link to give if you are able – and no amount is too small to help us towards the goal:

2) Buy gifts from the Holiday Gift Drive Amazon Wish List.
All gifts on our list are requested items for a specific child – books, toys, games, blankets, sheets & clothing gift cards. Your gift will be sent directly to the school.

PS 130 PTA is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Questions can be emailed to

Thank you for your generosity!
With gratitude,
The PS 130 PTA - Holiday Gift Drive Committee



Shot's for Tots Toy Drive

November 29-December 22(Confirmed date)
Butter & Scotch
818 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
W: butterandscotch.com
A box will be located in the space to collect toys and a shot is offered for each patron that brings in a new toy."





Second Chance Toys

Earth Day is April 22nd and we have a way to SAVE THE PLANET ONE TOY AT A TIME!  Second Chance Toys rescues gently used toys for children in need.



Kidville Park Slope

808 Union Street, Brooklyn

April 15th – 20th, 2019

Monday- Friday, 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9:15am – 3:30pm


Over the past 15 years Park Slope Parents has supported drives for Toys for Tots , Hurricane Sandy Relief, LGBTQ teens in crisis, CHiPS food drives, Little Essentials baby/toddler clothing/gear drive and much more. 


Sean Casey Animal Shelter Needs Your Donations!

The Sean Casey Animal Shelter--a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter--is accepting donations at the following sites through Sunday, Dec. 18:  Center Slope

--Jennifer Brilliant: 732A Carroll St., between 6th and 7th Aves

---Brown Harris Stevens, 7th Ave. and Union St.

South Slope

---Susan Fox's doorman, 438 12th St., Ph. C

Prospect Heights

livie & boo, 613 Vanderbilt Ave.

Or at the shelter (and take home a new family member!), 153 East 3rd St., between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Ave.

Sean Casey's Wish List:

•        Blankets

•        Towels  (the dogs and the kitties don't mind baby-stained blankets and towels!)

•        Pillow cases

•        Paper towels

•        Unscented bleach

•        Fabuloso cleaner

•        Hand sanitizer

•        Liquid dish soap

•        Liquid hand soap

•        Canned cat food

Please make sure items are clean when dropped off (stained is okay; dirty, not so much).  If you put them in a garbage bag or easily moveable bag, that would be great!


Sean Casey Animal Rescue took in over 2,000 animals from the NYC Shelter System in 2010, the most of any private rescue in New York.  Please consider a donation to Sean Casey Animal Rescue to help continue giving these animals a safe haven and a second chance at life.

Give the gift of warmth this holiday season to our furry (and reptilian) friends!

THANKS in advance!

Susan Fox

Founder, Park Slope Parents





on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17th, at 4pm


Our final show will be:

Sunday, September 25th (in collaboration with PS29) Bubble Do Beatles

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recently praised the Concert Series:

“Young families continue to make Brooklyn their home because of efforts like yours.”

“A totally fun and free way to get a dose of sunshine and live music for the whole family!”

raves the Carroll Gardens Patch!

This series of FREE concerts, featuring bands suitable for the whole family, continues

with rockin’ performances and lots of outdoor community fun.

ALL CONCERTS AT 4PM. Food and fun from 3:30 to 5:30.

(please come with a little pocket money)

There will be face painting Gymstars, as well as food and drinks provided by Vinzees Magic Fountain.

Carroll Park is located at President Street and Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Take the F or G train to the Carroll Street Station

Check our website on show day in case of inclement weather.

Please visit our website for more information on our schedule and our sponsors, and to listen to music clips by our performers:www.carrollparkbrooklyn.org/ concerts

And look for us on Facebook & Twitter!

Please be sure to visit and thank our generous sponsors, MiniMax, Barking Cat! & Mom.com

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE FRIENDS OF CARROLL PARK (501c3) and help pay for the concerts.


Karen K has quickly become one of Brooklyn’s favorite children’s musicians. Her new album, Pancakes for Dinner, features toe-tapping, humorous, and often poignant get-stuck-in-your-head songs that kids and adults adore. Karen K & the Jitterbugs have played all over Brooklyn, performing original music and the great timeless tunes Karen features in her weekly Jitterbugs classes for kids up to age 5. Karen K & the Jitterbugs and Pancakes for Dinnerare sure to be enjoyed by fans of Laurie Berkner, Barry Louis Polisar and even Sesame Street. The Jitterbugs are: Bill McGarvey, Mike Tichey, Ari Huff, Laura Posey and Stephen Hund.



Gasland - A Documentary Film at the Old Stone House -- TONIGHT

Pollywog postcard

Coming up!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

8:30 pm

at the Old Stone House

Gasland - A Documentary Film by Josh Fox

What does Hydrofacking Mean for You?

Wednesday, July 20

8:30 pm


a new comedic play

Written and Directed by John P McEneny

Starring Anna Aronson, Kim Fenwick, Vasile Flutur, Yang Chen Gruben, Nicholas Guastella, Tessa Ochshorn Barlow, Teddy Ostrow, & Henry Pines. Stage Managed by Tessa Murphy.

Set at the conservative Lakeside Christian High School; Tammy's world gets very complicated when she falls in love with an atheist refugee from the republic of Georgia.

Pollywog will be performed as a fundraiser for all our free summer programming. A ten dollar donation is encouraged.

Thursday & Friday, July 21 & 22 @ 8:30 pm