Day of Giving Drives Charity at JFK

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During the school’s wider-ranging Day of Giving donation drive, held Dec. 10-11, students at John F. Kennedy had the opportunity to bring in and create items for a wealth of charitable organizations.

Three single mothers in the community with families of four children were able to be supported with gift packages, four for each child and about 14 per family, and a large box of more than 30 toys was collected for young patients at Good Samaritan Hospital.

More than 200 Macy’s Letters to Santa were written, which will be brought to Macys via the Deer Park Fire Department; the company donates $1 for every letter received to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The students also penned 100 cheery cards and letters to be brought to patients of the Momentum Nursing Home in East Islip.

Enough food donations were received to supply two different food pantries in Wyandanch and Deer Park, while three large boxes full of pet food, toys, litter and other items were donated to Fur Babies pet rescue, in conjunction with two JFK students, fifth-grader Damien Ellner and his brother, third-grader Andrew Ellner, who have been working with Fur Babies and making pet donations all year.