Nov. 26, 2010 Staff Report
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Sunnyside non-profit groups are cranking up their fundraising efforts to help the less-fortunate over the holiday season.
Van Bramer is calling on the community to donate items such as canned food, rice, baby food and formula, as well as cereal. The donation period, which began Nov. 23rd, goes, through to Dec. 10.
Van Bramer’s office dropped off a delivery to St. Teresa’s food pantry for Thanksgiving, which included 400 cans. St Teresa’s food pantry serves 90 families every week. Now his focus is on the Holiday season.
Donations should be dropped off at Van Bramer’s Sunnyside district office at 47-01 Queens Blvd., Suite 205, Monday through Friday. Additionally, donations can also be dropped off at the Sunnyside and Woodside libraries:
•Sunnyside, 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., 718-784-3033.
•Woodside, 54-22 Skillman Ave. 718-429-4700.
Donation box at Sunnyside library
There are other neighborhood groups seeking donations.
TheSunnyside-Woodside Lions will be collecting funds in front of Foodtown (41-25 Greenpoint Avenue) on Dec. 4 and the Butchers Block ( 4346 41st St) on Dec. 18. Furthermore, jars have been put inside many of the bars/restaurants on Queens Blvd. The funds they collect will be donated to the food pantries at St. Teresa’s and St. Raphaels.
Community Board 2 is sponsoring a toy drive for needy children, and will be accepting gifts at its office through Dec. 17. 2010. The community board 2 office is located at 43-22 50th 2nd Floor, Woodside, NY 11377.
There will also be a benefit event for Mercy Centre’s Bangkok Orphanage. It will be held at Murphy’s Bar on Skillman Ave (49th Street) on December 4, from 9pm until 1am.