Thank you to everyone who participated in The Great Give Back 2021! Check back often as pictures from this year’s events are submitted and uploaded. All libraries will be listed alphabetically. Check back in 2022 for details about next year’s event!
The Apalachin Library collected socks for their give back program. They found that many charities and even schools need socks. They are one of the most asked for donations. Children who came into the library colored socks for the donation bin which was left in the lobby. Patrons and staff were very generous!
“Our sincere thanks to all who donated clothing or food! We are over the moon with joy for the donations gathered for the Tioga County Rural Ministry from The Great Give Back: Warm Hands, Warm Feet Project! Just look at the bounty! Not pictured are the bags already loaded in my trunk for delivery. In a second program, also supporting Tioga County Rural Ministry, we partnered with the Charles H. Basset Youth Foundation on Make a Difference Day, gathering food for Thanksgiving meals. We love our patrons and our Tioga County community. Together, we CAN make a difference!”
The Easton Public Library held a donation drive collecting new warm winter socks, mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats sized for teens and adults to benefit emergency shelters of Warren and Washington counties : the Open Door Mission and the Wait House.
Elmont participated in the Great Give Back on Sat., October 23. They partnered with Birthday Wishes of Long Island. Their teen volunteers wrapped 25 birthday boxes which will be filled with their collection of juice boxes and toys for children living in homeless shelters.
These are pictures of Harborfields Teens who participated in the Great Giveback Beach Clean-up at Centerport Beach. The teens earned community service hours learning about the problem of debris in the marine environment from an instructor from Cornell Cooperative Extension. They gave back by giving their time to a worthy cause.
Kirkland Town Library shared a photo of the many toiletry items their wonderful patrons donated during their great give back event! All of the donated toiletries are going to be distributed among the Utica Rescue Mission and the Country Pantry.
As part of its Great Giveback Celebration, the Lindenhurst Memorial Library helped clean up their local beach at Venetian Shores. In addition, they held a green Halloween costume swap, and a bike safety/repair workshop at our library. They also made and collected over 60 cards for hospitalized kids!
The Wead Library installed a Personal Care Pantry and collected personal care & household essentials. We received numerous donations of items and some financial contributions to continue the pantry after the Great Give Back. We hope to keep this going for as long as possible.
Our teens from West Islip Public Library created signs that say “Welcome” to donate to new homeowners who are using the amazing Habitat for Humanity organization. Attached are some pictures from Oct. 16.