There are many beautiful parks and campgrounds exist throughout New York State. Where will you volunteer?
” Volunteers clean up park lands and beaches, plant trees and gardens, restore trails and wildlife habitat and remove invasive species. Parks & Trails New York, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation coordinate this event, and park staff and local friends’ groups work with volunteers and oversee activities. Last year, more than 125 state parks, historic sites and public lands hosted I Love My Park Day events.”
We are so happy to announce our Shining Child of the Month for January 2016, Raymond Mohler Jr. He started his foundation called, The Little St. Nick Foundation over a decade ago and he has made such a positive impact on the community.
Raymond is a wonderful example of Kids helping Kids and the amazing impact that a child’s efforts can have not just on the individual receiving the help but the positive impact it has on the entire community.
Does the holiday season sound something like this? I want, I want and I want more? Are there unopened toys or an abundance of stuff and a drought of value? We love our children and they love us so, how do we teach them the benefits of giving back to others? How do we encourage them to give to others so they can be the receiver of having a sense of empowerment, feeling valued and appreciated?
Inspired by a simple request for handmade items from Bob Policastro of Angela’s House, we would like to keep the spirit of giving alive year round by providing warmth to those in need.
Calling all sew-ers, knitters, and crocheters!
We will begin collecting 8” x 8” hand-knit or crocheted squares of any color and any stitch which will be joined together to make Afghans, scarves, and hats for patients receiving chemotherapy, children in emergency shelters or foster care, and medically frail patients receiving care at Angela’s House throughout the year.
In 1980, one of Long Island’s favorite sons, singer/songwriter, and social activist, Harry Foster Chapin, founded Long Island Cares, the first food bank on Long Island. His legacy and mission today still lives on and as we prepare for the Holidays and all of our family gatherings, let us not forget that there are so many affected by food insecurity, and who are not only hungry but may also feel isolated in empty homes or emergency shelters. If you, or anyone you know, are in need of assistance during the Holiday, there is a list of places in this article that will be serving free Thanksgiving meals between now and Thanksgiving.