Four Steps You Can Take to Help Food-Insecure Families

While we’re all aware of the job losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, a less publicized aspect of the crisis is the skyrocketing level of food insecurity across the country. According to Feeding America, the number of people without adequate access to nutritious food is likely to grow by 17 million in 2020, including nearly seven million children. Bringing that number down starts in our local communities—so we’ve compiled a few actions you can take today to help combat food insecurity in Brooklyn, NYC, and beyond.


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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 20th




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  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 (EXTENDED)




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.


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:


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.


2019 Holiday Drive at Borough Hall




Shot's for Tots Toy Drive

November 29-December 22(Confirmed date)
Butter & Scotch
818 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
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


Brooklyn Toiletries Drive

Hey All,

Do you have toiletries (body washes and lotions, soaps) that you can donate?

I received an email from the District Attorney's office (I'm including it below) about a Brooklyn Toiletries Drive to help girls who have been involved in sex trafficking get a new start.


North Slope

Goldy and Mac 219 Fifth Avenue (btw President & Union)

Boing Boing (206 6th Ave @ Union)

Babeland 462 Bergen between 5th and 6th

Center Slope

Lion in the Sun (232 7th Ave at 4th Street)

NOVO Building on 4th Ave and 5th Street (at the front desk)

South Slope:

Goldy and Mac 396 7th Avenue (btw 12th and 13th)


Honeydew Drop Daycare 1113 Church Avenue  -bet Stratford and Westminster



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