Once you’re all shopped out from Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday steals, don’t forget that there are people out there who can’t afford to do either. Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, which benefits individuals and communities in need of a little holiday cheer, or just basic food and shelter in the colder winter months.
Giving doesn’t have to be a slog, either: various organizations in the borough are offering fun ways to donate to a good case — including the ALMOST WORD SERIES CHAMPION NEW YORK METS. We rounded ’em all up for you here, so the only rummaging you have to do is in your closet.
The Brooklyn Creative League (540 President Street) is partnering with the Park Slope Civic Council and running a toy drive through January 3, so you can drop off your old beanie babies and action figures in their Toys for Tots box anytime until then. Bushwick’s Grand Street Settlement (50 Humboldt Street) is running a “Baby It’s Cold in Brooklyn” coat and mitten drive through December 18, accepting gently used winter items of all kinds. PS9 (80 Underhill Avenue) is hosting a toy drive from December 1-18.
While it’s better to give than to receive, the New York Mets are letting you do both with their 10th annual “Warm Up” holiday coat drive happening tomorrow, December 1. If you bring a coat to Citi Field anytime from 10am-5pm you’ll get two tickets to an April home game, plus 15% off Mets merchandise.
Also in the category of sweet perks for a good cause, Breaking Ground YPC is hosting a Giving Tuesday Happy Hour at Threes Brewing (333 Douglass Street) tomorrow, December 1, from 6:30-10pm. There’ll be pizza by Roberta’s, and your $5 suggested donation for entry gets you into the raffle for prizes by Bend & Bloom, Gowanus Archery, Four & Twenty Blackbirds and more.
These are the events happening around the city, but if you just want to drop something off nearby, you can find your nearest coat drive location for New York Cares. Ditto the Food Pantry, which maps out all the non-perishable food drop-off locations in Brooklyn.