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Kindness Matters – Visit the Lonely, Feed the Hungry, Magnify Your Blessings!

Photo of Donation Basket by Katheryn Laible

We love Cindy Mardenfeld and her endeavor to advance a Long Island kindness movement. She offers her thanks to anyone who participates in her Kindness Challenge — Committing to do a kindness every day and possibly report on it using the hashtags #kindnessambassadors, 30-day #KindnessChallenge, spread the love, #InspireChange & make kindness the new norm with #payitforward

Now, Cindy is not going to discourage remarkable giving, but she shares our belief that the small things also matter tremendously. A cup of coffee, a friendly smile, a held door…these all count!!! Please also consider checking in on folks who may be alone for Thanksgiving, and helping make sure our neighbors don’t go cold and hungry for the holidays.

Here are some great, charitable resources that welcome donations of goods and time to help the less fortunate on Long Island:

The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network): “addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing, and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek our help. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization with a dedicated staff, a broad base of community support and a commitment to educate the public about these issues.”

Island Harvest: “Providing food and services for people who are hungry, and a voice for people who are in need. Island Harvest is the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island. By relying on volunteers, in-kind services, and donated food, we devote more than 95 cents of every dollar contributed directly to our programs.”

LI Cares: “Founded by the late Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and, to the best of our ability, provides for the humanitarian needs of our community. Our goals are to improve food security for families, sponsor programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educate the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island. Our vision is “A Hunger Free Long Island”.”