Several Town of North Hempstead initiatives are in need of toys, socks and personal care items for the less fortunate.
Organized through the town's Project Independence, the annual Hannah's Socks and Personal Care drives provide items for the Interfaith Nutrition Network. Last year alone, the North Hempstead was able to collect 1,100 items. according to town officials.
In addition to new men's, women's and children's socks, items that are most needed include: toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors, baby diapers and wipes and towels (body, face and wash cloths). With a total of three shelters and a soup kitchen the INN will help to distribute bags of toiletries and a new socks to individuals at the shelters. Drop boxes for socks and personal care items are set up at all town facilities and Project Independence locations.
The U.S. Marine Corps boxes will have boxes set up at several town facilities for their Toys For Tots Foundation program, including: Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd, Manhasset; Clinton G. Martin Park 1601 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park; and Public Works at 285 Denton Ave., New Hyde Park. The foundation is a not-for-profit public charity that collects new and unwrapped toys to be distributed to children in the community. The organization hopes to instill a message of hope to needy children that will motivate them to grow into responsible and productive citizens and community leaders.
The Hannah's socks and personal care items drive will be ongoing through January and the Toys for Tots boxes will be at Town facilities until Dec. 17.
For more information, please contact 311 or 516-869-6311 from outside the Town.