Good Deeds: Food Donations, Knitted Dolls, Toy Drive

Individuals and organizations have been working hard this year to help their fellow residents cope with the Covid-19 epidemic and the economic fallout. Here are just a few highlights of Huntington residents helping others.
The Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter, with the help of Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be handing out toys Sunday to families in need, with the Huntington Assembly of God hosting the event.
“Hundreds upon hundreds of kids will be blessed with a gift this year because of some amazing people. We are grateful to play a small part in this immense blessing,” pastor Danny Rivera said.

Knitted dolls

Georgiana Gaherty, a retired Huntington Hospital emergency room nursing assistant, worked with several groups to donate several knitted items including doll forms of frontline Huntington Hospital caregivers.
  • Long Island Crochet Guild
  • The Deadwood Society
  • The Long Island Knitting Guild
  • The Suffolk Chapter Embroiderer’s Guild of America
  • Pat Morehouse
  • Stephanie Dgrebene
  • Priscilla D. Saro
  • Betty Lombardi
  • Andrea Brancato
  • Adelaide Skinner (retired Huntington Hospital employee)
  • Katie Morrissey (retired Huntington Hospital emergency department nurse)
  • Judy Tenzycke (retired Huntington Hospital emergency department nurse)

TJL collects toys and pajamas for the holidays

Students and staff at  Thomas J. Elementary School partnered with a nonprofit for  a “Toy & Pajama Drive” to benefit local organizations such as the Tri Community and Youth Agency in Huntington. For more than 40 years, Tri CYA has provided educational, recreational and advocacy programs to support Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor communities.

Thomas J. Lahey’s ‘Toy & Pajama Drive’ was part of the Pajama Program’s “Good Nights Are Good Days” nationwide initiative, which helps to collect and distribute pajamas to local families, as well as communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

More than 85 pairs of new pajamas were collected.

Money for Food

Half Hollow Hills High School West sophomore Alex J. Nuzzolo helped secure a $5,000 donation to Island Harvest, along with enough food to feed 200 families that the Hispanic Counseling Center of Hempstead serves over the holiday season.

Alex is a committed volunteer, having previously donated meals to the Ronald McDonald House, served as a volunteer coordinator at Help Mrs. Claus, volunteered at holiday food distribution events at various churches, prepared meals for Helping Hands Rescue Mission during Hurricane Sandy and coordinated a fundraiser to donate money towards the purchase of an off-road wheelchair.

“Alex is a remarkable young man and his service to our community is just amazing,” said Suffolk County  Legislator Susan Berland. “He has demonstrated a profound commitment to helping others, setting the foundation of a lifetime of service and making his family, friends and community proud. I was so proud to recognize him with a proclamation in celebration of all that he’s done.”

Elwood Helping Others

Elwood Middle School Student Council members expanded their annual winter coat drive  to include winter scarves, gloves, hats, socks, toiletries and diapers to be donated to Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Huntington.


caption: “We have the most amazing team. Kayte Camarata and her daughter Liva braved the storm yesterday and picked up the bread from Stew Leonard’s so we would have it for today. They said it was fun. Those are my kind of people. Thank you for your service and the love with which you serve. I appreciate you,” said the Rev. Kim Gambino of Helping Hand Rescue Mission.


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