The holiday season is here, and if you’re looking to donate items to those less fortunate, there are plenty of places looking for your help in western Queens.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and parts of Astoria, is holding his seventh annual food drive. The councilman is accepting non-perishable items such as canned meats, soups, veggies, fruits, infant formula, peanut butter and dried goods such as pasta, rice and other grains.
Donations will be collected until Dec. 20 and will go to families in the district. They can be dropped off at his district office at 47-01 Queens Blvd., Suite 205 in Sunnyside from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will also be collected at Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Court Square and Broadway libraries and at the Ravenswood Senior Center.
Councilman Costa Constantinides, who represents Astoria, parts of Jackson Heights, Woodside and East Elmhurst, is collecting coats until Dec. 16. The coat drive was coordinated with New York Cares, a nonprofit that helps connect nonprofits with volunteers.
Coats will be collected at his office at 31-09 Newtown Ave. in Astoria. The offices of state Senator Michael Gianaris (31-19 Newtown Ave., Suite 402), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (31-19 Newtown Ave., Suite 401) and Senator Joe Addabbo (66-85 73rd Place) are also collecting coats.
New York Cares has also set up its own coat drop-off location at the Sunnyside Library at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave.
Astoria Generating Station is collecting non-perishable food items and clothing at 18-01 20th Ave., Gate 1 until Dec. 15. Items can also be donated to Access Self Storage at 29-00 Review Ave. in Long Island City.
Do you know any organizations collecting items to give to people in need this holiday season? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!