In the spirit of the holiday season, both City Councilmember Lincoln Rester and State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon are each holding toy drives on Saturday, December 17th. Assembly Woman Simon has also spearheaded a food voucher drive for the benefit of Gowanus Mutual Aid.
“Help spread joy to a child in need in our community this holiday season. Please bring your unwrapped, new, or unused gift (toy or book) to Brooklyn Borough Hall on Saturday, December 17 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Or, drop off your gift prior at Councilmember Lincoln Restler’s Office at 410 Atlantic Ave., Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. If you have a sizable donation from your donation and assistance with pick-up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 875-5200.”
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Come to make a donation, then stay to enjoy the festive Borough Hall Holiday Market, open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership boasts the market has “more than 50 Brooklyn-based artisans, food and beverage operators, and vintage and antique collectors.”
The Office of Jo Anne Simon is sponsoring a Toy Drive for Camp Friendship and a Food Voucher Drive for Gowanus Mutual Aid:
“We are thrilled to partner with Camp Friendship in Park Slope to help deliver holiday cheer and toys to our community. We are accepting toy donations in our office at 341 Smith St from now until Friday, December 16. Drop them off between 9:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday (call or email email@example.com if you need to arrange a drop-off after 5pm). Toys should be new and unwrapped for ages 0-18. Toys will also be distributed to the Warren Street Houses for kids 8-13 years old.
You can also drop off toys directly at Camp Friendship, 339 8th St, or buy directly off of Camp Friendship’s wish lists at Amazon and Target. Toys will be distributed to the community on Saturday, December 17.”
“If you are able to give, please consider supporting those experiencing food insecurity in our district. We are again partnering with the volunteers at Gowanus Mutual Aid (GMA), who will be distributing holiday food vouchers to residents to use at a local grocery store. Your donation of any amount can help spread love and nutrition as widely as possible. To be able to give is a gift. Thank you so much. You can help GMA here.”