Donate gifts for veterans and children in need at these northeast Queens locations

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Think of your fellow neighbor this holiday season by donating to these community gift and supply collection drives.

The offices of Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, Community Board 11 and Dr. William Duke will serve as drop-off sites for a veteran gift and children’s toy drive.

Supplies collected through the veterans’ gift drive will be donated to hospitalized veterans. Suggested donations are candy (sugar-free preferred), pajamas, robes, slippers, socks, sweaters, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, playing cards and puzzles. All must be new and in good condition.

The children’s toy drive will help bring holiday cheer to hospitalized and needy children. Participants are asked to donate new, unwrapped toys.

The addresses for the drop-off locations are as follows:

  • Assemblyman Edward Braunstein’s office, 213-33 39th Ave., Suite 238, Bayside;
  • Dr. William Duke’s office, 35-01 202nd St., Bayside; and
  • Community Board 11’s office, 46-21 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck.

Donations may be dropped off during hours of operation. Questions should be directed to Braunstein’s office at 718-357-3588.


The We Love Whitestone Civic Association will also be collecting toys for the children at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Bayside.

Residents are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Whitestone tree lighting at 150th Street and 14th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 3. The event will run from 3 until 6 p.m., with the tree lighting scheduled to take place at 5 p.m.

Those who can’t make the event can also drop off their donations at the Beechhurst Sterling Bank branch at 153-01 10th Ave. during business hours.