Ways to Give this Thanksgiving: 2022 Edition

Here are opportunities to give back locally this Thanksgiving season! Keep checking back as we update this page.

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Camp Friendship Food Drive
Volunteer or Donate to CHiPS
Fight food insecurity with Gowanus Mutual Aid
Donate pies to Heights and Hills
Support Thanksgiving dinner at Heights and Hills
Make cards for Heights and Hills
Make cards for DOROT
Thanksgiving Morning Meal Delivery with God's Love We Deliver
Playdates with a Purpose: Meal Prep and Delivery to Local Fridges with Repair the World
Donate gifts to Win families
Donate to the Winter Wonders Holiday Gift Drive

 

Camp Friendship Thanksgiving Food Drive


WHEN: Collection until November 16th, Saturdays 9:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE: Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street

WHAT to give: Pantry staples, including:

Beans (canned or dry) White rice 

Canned tomatoes Soups 

White pasta 

Cereals 

Shelf-Stable milk Cooking Oil 

Cans of corn and sweet potatoes Stuffing 

Cornbread mix 

Canned pumpkin 

Or Donate! - It will cost us about $15 for chicken to feed 6-8 people.

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Volunteer or Donate to CHiPS


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Since 1971, CHIPS (Community Help in Park Slope, Inc.) has been a community of Brooklyn neighbors, volunteers, and friends who share a common vision to help encourage and support those often forgotten. Our soup kitchen and food pantry serve as many as 225 meals daily. In our Frances Residence, we provide shelter for single mothers and their infants as well as pre- and post-natal support. Our model drives awareness and access to nutritious foods while cultivating resilience and equity through our free-of-charge food distribution programs and housing.

What can you do?

VOLUNTEER in the Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

WHEN:  Monday - Saturday from 8:30am to 2:00pm (volunteer any part of these times)

WHERE: 200 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

WHAT: Help with food prep, cooking, serving, and cleaning in the Soup Kitchen, accept and sort donations and hand out pantry bags on Thursdays, help with special projects i.e inventory and storage projects

DONATE

Thanksgiving: Drop off a dish to our soup kitchen Tuesday November 22nd or Wednesday November 23rd between 9:00am - 2:00pm for our Special Thanksgiving services. Dishes may include, carved turkey, fish, pasta, mac and cheese, potatoes, desserts and individual juices to ensure our friends and neighbors enjoy a delicious holiday meal. Please follow this link to our google form and indicate what you would be able to donate.

Winter Donations: We are also looking for new warm winter clothing in the form of sweatshirts and sweatpants unisex size large and xlarge, gloves, hats and scarves, new winter coats and socks. 

All Year Round Frances Residence

  • Gift Cards (whole foods, amazon, target, old navy)
  • utensils, cleaning supplies ( mops and brooms), humidifiers, new towels and (twin size and crib size) bedding. We have 5 new families moving into the residence and would love to put together welcome kits for our new families moving in
  • New children’s clothing: 2T-4T girls, 18 months - 2T boys                                    

We also have many of these items and others listed on our Amazon Wish List. We have an Amazon Wish list for the Soup Kitchen and Pantry, Frances Residence and the general office of CHiPS.  

All Year Round Soup Kitchen and Pantry:

Boxes of assorted snacks, preferably healthy snacks - small bags of chips, fruit cups, individually wrapped crackers, tuna/cracker sets, granola bars, fruit snacks, jerky. Nonperishable goods like tuna in a bag and other easy access items that are beneficial for those who don't have access to a stove. Other dry and canned goods for the food pantry.

Non Food Items:

  • Kitchen towels/ hand towels
  • Kitchen knives
  • Ziploc bags, quart size/snack size
  • Cutting boards
  • Tote bags to pack toiletry kits in

Drop off donations Monday - Saturday from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Tax receipts are available.

More details:

Volunteers ages 18 and up are welcome and college internships are available for credit.

More questions?  Contact Assistant Director of Food Services and Volunteers

Melissa Newkirk 718-237-2962 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fight food insecurity with Gowanus Mutual Aid


Gowanus Mutual Aid is partnering with D52 Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon's office to fight food insecurity this holiday season. With your support, neighbors in need will receive a food voucher to a local grocery store so they can prepare a healthy, delicious Thanksgiving that is meaningful to them or meets their dietary needs. To make your tax-deductible donation, please visit bit.ly/GMA_HolidayFoodVouchers 

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Donate pies to Heights and Hills


Heights and Hills is accepting pie donations from the community this year! They are in need of 25 pies for this year's Thanksgiving meal deliveries. Folks can drop off their pies on Wednesday, 11/23, between noon and 5 pm at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street Brooklyn Heights.

Complete the pie donation form here: https://forms.office.com/r/0XbFR94iqn

Got questions or need more information? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Support Thanksgiving dinner at Heights and Hills


Heights and Hills is preparing to share another Thanksgiving dinner with older adults in Brooklyn!

Here's how you can help:

EDIT: All volunteer slots have been filled! Thanks to everyone who stepped up!

  • Wednesday, November 23rd: Transferring 200 meals from American Legion (389 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215) to Camp Friendship (339 8th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215) around 5:00pm - 6:00pm. Email Adina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.
  • Thursday, November 24th: Need 4 volunteers at the Camp Friendship delivery location for Bag Prep & Set-Up. Volunteers would need to arrive at 8:30am. Email Adina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.
  • Thursday, November 24th: Deliver meals from Grace Church. Sign up here.
  • Thursday, November 24th: Deliver meals from Camp Friendship. Sign up here.

 

Make cards for Heights and Hills


Folks can deliver their cards to Heights and Hills three different ways:

  • Drop off at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn Heights, 11201 
    • Wednesday, November 23rd, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Mail to Heights and Hills office
    • Heights and Hills, 81 Willoughby Street, Suite 302, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Drop off to Heights and Hills office by Tuesday, November 22nd
    • Heights and Hills, 81 Willoughby Street, Suite 302, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Create Greeting Cards for DOROT


WHEN: 
Ongoing

HOW: Mail your cards and a Cardmaking Project Information Form to:

DOROT
171 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024
Attn: Card Making Project

Spread some joy this Holiday Season and all year long. DOROT’s greeting card project helps bring joy and celebration to some of our frailest and most isolated seniors. Each month, DOROT mails over 200 birthday cards to seniors, and holiday cards are sent for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and other holidays throughout the year. Every card is designed and created by volunteers. Making a card is easy and fun! Whether you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day or planning an activity for your synagogue youth group, all you need is a bit of paper, a few pens, and a little imagination. Be sure to use colored paper for the outside, but white for the inside to make it easier to read. Click here for cardmaking tips and directions.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 212.769.2850.

 

Thanksgiving Morning Meal Delivery with God's Love We Deliver


WHEN: 
Thursday, November 24. Check the volunteer calendar for specific times. Most shifts are one hour in the morning.

WHERE: Various delivery locations citywide.

Every day at God’s Love We Deliver, the organization relies on an army of dedicated volunteers to prepare and deliver meals to our homebound elderly and ailing neighbors. God’s Love We Deliver needs volunteers to help deliver Thanksgiving feasts to their clients, their families, and guests on Thanksgiving morning, November 24. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and a great way to give back. Volunteers with cars will pick up meals from distribution centers located in each borough of NYC and deliver them directly to clients’ homes. Learn more here. Not able to volunteer on Thanksgiving? Consider decorating Thanksgiving bags or holiday cards!

Contact: volunteer [at] glwd [dot] org or 212.294.8158. Registration is available online.

 

Playdates with a Purpose: Meal Prep and Delivery to Local Fridges with Repair the World


WHEN:
 Sunday, November 6, 10am - 12:00pm. Two-hour time commitment.

WHERE: Repair the World Brooklyn, 808 Nostrand Ave.

WHO: Geared to families with children ages three–seven years old.

Be a part of Repair the World’s new Family Service Corps! Prepare for Thanksgiving by prepping and delivering meals to local community fridges in Crown Heights. Children will also participate in a restorative justice activity called Playdates with a Purpose in which parents will guide their children's play and exploration of how to provide enough healthy nourishment for all. Following the project, adults will be able to connect and debrief together.

Contact: Registration is available online.

 

Donate gifts to Win families


Win
is the largest provider of shelter and supportive housing for New York City's homeless families, especially women and children. in partnership with Target, Win is hosting festive pop-up shops at 13 shelters across NYC. Every child will choose two toys, and every adult will receive one $25 Target gift card so they have the freedom to shop for themselves. Your generous donations make it all possible!

Visit the Winter Wonderland Shopping Page to choose a gift and log your donation!

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Donate to the Winter Wonders Holiday Gift Drive


How to Support Winter Wonders -
Your donation of a new toy or gift card will bring joy to a child during what can be an especially difficult time of year for families. Gifts can be purchased through the Sheltering Arms Amazon wish list (https://a.co/iqGgrYh) or at Boomerang Toys (119 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013). Donations can also be dropped off at Sheltering Arms HQ (25 Broadway, 18th Fl, New York, NY 10004). Please contact Diana Ortiz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /646-830-1056 to schedule a gift drop off or if you have any questions.

About Sheltering Arms - Our goal is to foster a society where every child and family we serve will have the opportunity to succeed and thrive. We address the effects of social inequity in the most challenged communities in NYC. Our innovative programs and compassionate services measurably enhance the education, well-being, and development of children, their families, and communities. We have maintained an unwavering commitment to our mission for nearly 200 years.

Winter Wonders Holiday Gift Drive 2022 for Park Slope Parents


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