BHA Spring Into Service May 7, 2023: Help Fill Food Pantries and Donate Gently Used Childrens’ Goods

The Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual Spring Into Service event is this Sunday starting at 10:00 a.m. There are three ways to participate this year.

1. Help Take Care of Our Trees – In partnership with City Councilmember Lincoln Restler’s office and the Big Reuse, BHA calls for volunteers to give our trees some needed TLC. Volunteers will help clean refuse out of tree beds, weed, cultivate soil with compost, and sweep around tree beds. (Update: This event is at capacity.)

2. Help Address Food Insecurity – BHA is partnering with The Service Collective to benefit food pantries at 3 local churches (St. Ann & Holy Trinity, First Presbyterian and St. Charles Borromeo), the food pantry at Breaking Ground (a permanent housing residence at 90 Sands St) and our community fridge at First Presbyterian Church. Volunteers will organize items, pack bags, and deliver them to these locations. To sign up, go to The Service Collective and click on “Volunteer.”  There are 6 different “events” to sign up for and each will be titled “BHA Spring into Service.” Need help?  Email

Donations of food pantry items are being collected at St. Ann & Holy Trinity on Montague St. on Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and on Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Shelf Stable Milk (like Parmalat or similar)
Shelf Stable Juice
Tomato Sauce
Canned or dried beans
Canned vegetables
Canned or dried fruit
Canned tuna/chicken

3. Donate gently used children’s clothing, supplies and books – The BHA will be hosting a collection for two important local organizations – Brooklyn Book Bodega and Little Essentials. Bring your donations to Pierrepont Playground on Sunday, from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

For Brooklyn Book Bodega, bring your gently used and new books (ages 0-18) including foreign language, dual language, and nonfiction books. Here is a list of popular book requests.

Please NO:

  • dictionaries/encyclopedias
  • text books
  • library books
  • outdated books or books that may not be historically accurate
  • religious books
  • activity books
  • books that are damaged, written in or missing pages
  • books for adult readers

For Little Essentials, their highest need item is pull-up diapers – sizes 2T/3T, 3T/4T, and 4T/5T. Other needed items are spring/summer clothes (size newborn to 5 years, must be new or very gently used), wipes, diaper cream and baby body wash (all unopened), IKEA and Fresh Direct bags, and strollers – single and double (no jogging strollers, must be sanitized (no crumbs or stains).  Please refer to Little Essentials complete list of accepted items.

Please NO:

  • Car seats that do not have a detachable base
  • Nursing pillows and cover ups
  • Baby food and formula
  • Breast pumps
  • High chairs and booster chairs
  • Cribs, bedding, etc
  • Exersaucers, swings, walkers
  • Furniture

If you would like to help BHA sort and organize these donations on Sunday, from 10:30am-2:30pm, please email 


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