By: Noelle Lambert
The Charity of the Month for March is:
Birthday Wishes is an organization whose mission is to provide birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness. There are unfortunately 2,000 homeless children right here on Long Island, but thankfully Birthday Wishes works with 80 shelters/transitional housing programs in Nassau and Suffolk counties to give more than 120 children a birthday celebration each month!
Every birthday child receives supplies to have a party with all the children that live in the shelter such as; juice boxes, cake or cupcakes, candles, decorations, paper goods and a wonderful bag of presents to open! Birthday Wishes serves children ages 1-19.
Birthday Wishes relies heavily on donations of toys from generous donors like you to throw a birthday party, they are always looking for more of these donations.
As teens are their fastest growing demographic that they serve, they are always in need of teen gifts. They are currently looking for gifts for children of the ages 14-19. They love to throw birthday parties for the children they serve, which reflects a birthday party that would be thrown for any child anywhere. Therefore, please make sure your donations are brand new only! Below is a list of gift items that they are seeking:
For Boys: Basketballs, Axe Gift Sets, String Bags, Ear Buds, Water Bottles, Adult Size Socks, Large or X-Large Hoodies.
For Girls: Nail Polish, Manicure Sets, Make-Up, Make-Up Bags, Perfume, Adult Coloring Books With Markers, Body Wash and Lotion.
All donations can be dropped off at their Hicksville office, located at 15 Cantiague Rock Road. Please call ahead to make sure a staff member is on site to assist you:
In preparation for Easter, the Walt Whitman Shops is offering an opportunity for local children to have fun and give back to charity during their annual Easter Egg Hunt. This event will take place on Sunday April 14th at 9am. Tickets are $5 per child and all proceeds will be donated to Birthday Wishes of Long Island. Over 10,000 eggs and toys will be spread out in a section of the mall for kids to find. Also, you can meet the Easter Bunny there as well!
For tickets, please visit the following website. www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-easter-egg-hunt-to-benefit-birthday-wishes-of-long-island-tickets-58540689779
Another Organization You Can Get Involved With:
The Mercy Inn ~ Wyandanch
The Mercy Inn is an amazing soup kitchen, located at 17 South 20th Street in
Wyandanch. They serve hot meals from 12-1PM Monday-Friday and they also prepare a take home bag for each of their guests, consisting of two sandwiches, a drink and a snack. No one ever leaves their soup kitchen hungry.
They serve an average of 110 people daily and they operate solely on donations. Their volunteers are extremely dedicated and hardworking people. If you would like to volunteer with or donate to The Mercy Inn, please feel free to call them at
(631) 643-5117 for more information.
If you can benefit from their services, you’re always welcome to stop by during their hours of operation for a lovely meal!
If you would like your organization to be featured in this column, please email Noelle@SouthBaysNeighbor.com