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5 Places to Donate Toys and Food This Holiday Season

A round-up of five businesses and non-profits holding collection drives.

With the holiday season in full-swing, area businesses and non-profits have stepped up to collect food, toys and coats to provide to those in need. The following is a round-up of places to drop off donations.

1. Help Feed Families for the Holidays

Chef Marco Barrila of Frutti Di Mare in Hampton Bays has teamed up with Citizens 4 Humanity to cook complete holiday meals for 300 single mom families in need. The goal is to collect $15,000 for this holiday mission. To sponsor a family, contact the organization's deputy volunteer at 631.626.8369 or email citizens4humanity@gmail.com. Checks should be made payable to Citizens 4 Humanity and mailed to 3 Hawthorne Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

2. Boatload of Food

Help Hampton Watercraft & Marine fill a Boston Whaler with non-perishable food items to give to the Salvation Army for the holidays. Drop off non-perishable food to 401 Montauk Highway, Westhampton Beach. Please drop off donations no later than December 11.

3. Holiday Toys Needed For Families Affected by Sandy

New, unwrapped toys and clothing are currently being accepted at Family Service League. For a list of drop off locations, click here.

4. Food and Toy Drive at PAC

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is continuing its annual food and toy drive. Please donate nonperishable food items and toys to their bin in their lobby. All items will be distributed to those in need locally. The WHBPAC lobby is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

5. Matthew's Wish

Hampton Bays resident Anne Marie Allen, whose son, Matthew, tragically passed away in January, 2011 is collecting toys for the Cohen Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park for the second year. Toys can be dropped at Essential Chiropractic, 204 Montauk Hwy., Westhampton Beach. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 15.

If we left a local collection drive off the list, please feel free to add the information in the comment section below.

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