I get by with a little help from my friends. – Beatles

November 14, 2008

It’s getting closer to the holidays, and this year seems a bit strange…two people close to me have lost their jobs in the past week, the media keeps projecting gloom and doom, and everyone is holding back from spending a lot this year. Before I start on my usual arts, music, food, etc…lowdown, I’d like to get some really important information out there for those in need or those of you who know someone who may need a little help right now. And if you are fortunate enough not to have been affected by the current economy and don’t know anyone who has been either…do your part and volunteer or donate to a worthy cause. Many people are too proud to let others know they need help…your gift may just end up helping a neighbor or a friend!

Food pantries

Long Island may be one of the most affluent areas around. However, dispersed among our neighborhoods are some pockets of those in need. What better way to help (or get help) than to use some of the resources available? Food drives abound, but let me fill you in on some of the organizations that truly make a difference: Long Island Cares, Pronto, The Inn, and Island Harvest all take donations, desperately need volunteers, and feed the hungry.

Flu shots

Flu season is upon us.  Many of us have medical conditions where the flu can be life threatening, and others have lost their jobs andcan’t afford to get sick or go to the doctors.  For low cost flu shots and pneumonia vaccines, click here.

Clothing drives

Now is the perfect time of year to clean out the closets and give those clothes you can’t fit into anymore to someone who can really use them.  Big Brothers/Big Sisters, FEGS, and Dress for Success are some of the lesser known organizations that will take your gently used clothing and distribute them to people who need and appreciate them.

Made you read!

Literacy Suffolk is always in need of volunteers to help teach ESL, developmentally disabled, and illiterate people how to read. 

Free stuff

If you can set up an extra email for all the blasts you are going to get, and have the time to take a few online surveys, this is a great site I have used for years…Totally Free Stuff has everything from cosmetics to food to baby items.  I’ve even made cold hard cash doing this!  Just read all offers carefully, as some are truly too good to be true (in other words, scams.  Really, a laptop or iPhone for free?  Come on…)

Home heating assistance

Suffolk County has assistance available for those who may not be able to pay their home heating bill.  Click here for more information.

All for now…I’ll be back Saturday with the lowdown as to what is hot and happening for the coming week…and I promise, it’s gonna be a good one!  Check back, email me with info at cheapdateli@gmail.com, and we’ll chat soon!

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