Spreading Holiday Cheer: Donating at Stony Brook University

The holiday season at Stony Brook University is a time of decorations and lights, chilly weather and a vibrant community spirit. Amid the festive atmosphere, many students, faculty and staff seek meaningful ways to support the Stony Brook community.

Whether through monetary donations or the contribution of goods, there are various avenues for individuals to make a positive impact during the holidays at Stony Brook.

Career Closet
Accepted Donations: Clean business attire
The Career Closet is a resource for students to acquire free professional clothing and accessories that they may otherwise not be able to access. Lightly used clothes are donated through a combination of Stony Brook University staff, students, faculty, and community members, along with our corporate partner, Zebra Technologies.

Child Life Services at Stony Brook Children’s
Accepted Donations: Monetary; new toys, crafts, supplies, sleepwear; Amazon wish list
Child Life Services is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of patients and families during a hospital stay. Financial gifts can be used to help families with children in the hospital to pay for parking and meals. New toys, crafts, games, sleepwear and supplies are always needed and much appreciated by our young patients.

The Fire & Emergency Services team (part of Environmental Health & Safety) is collecting new toy donations for a ‘stuff a truck’ to deliver toys to Stony Brook Children’s on December 20. To donate, contact Scott Gershowitz at 631-774-5483 or Michael Kampf at 631-774-8924.

Food Pantry
Accepted Donations: Monetary; food; Amazon wish list
The Stony Brook University Food Pantry is located in the Stony Brook Union and serves community members (students, staff and faculty) who are food insecure, or who are at risk of food insecurity. The Food Pantry is committed to being a reliable and stable supplemental food source while providing resources to overcome food insecurity.

Leave Donation Program (faculty/professional staff)
Accepted Donations: Vacation days
The intent of the Leave Donation Program is to provide a means to assist employees who, because of a long term personal illness, have exhausted their leave benefits and would otherwise be subject to a severe loss of income during a continuing absence from work. The Leave Donation Program enables employees to donate vacation leave credits to co-workers in order to keep them in pay status during a period of personal illness.

Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) at Stony Brook University
Accepted Donations: Monetary; items from wish list
The LISVH is a 350 bed not-for-profit skilled nursing facility located on the campus of Stony Brook University. It provides short term rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and adult day health care to the 250,000 veterans who reside on Long Island. Gifts enrich the lives of these men and women and the programs and services offered by the LISVH.

Police fire toy drive

Stony Brook Blood Donor Center
Accepted Donations: Blood
The Stony Brook Blood Donor Center is an independent collection facility, serving patients at Stony Brook University Hospital by supplying them with the blood and blood products they need. The center welcomes new donors and is extremely grateful to all employees, friends from the community and students who help.

Stony Brook Cares/SEFA
Accepted Donations: Monetary
The Stony Brook Cares/SEFA (NY State Employees Federated Appeal) Campaign helps local, national, and international organizations in their mission to deliver vital services in our communities. SEFA-affiliated agencies provide critical aid for the hungry, the homeless, the sick and the elderly, programs for youth and protection for our environment.

Stony Brook Cat Network
Accepted Donations: Monetary; Amazon wish list; cat food and other items (litter, toys, blankets, etc.)
The purpose of the Stony Brook Cat Network is to address the problem of feral cats on the Stony Brook campus, home to as many as several hundred stray cats and kittens. Its mission is to humanely trap, neuter, and vaccinate all feral cats on campus. Kittens are adopted out and adults are re-released into their colonies, after which they are fed and cared for the rest of their lives.

Stony Brook Children’s
Accepted Donations: Monetary
Financial donations can help the hospital purchase vital equipment, support new programs, fund groundbreaking research, attract best-in-field physicians and support the hundreds of other ways Stony Brook Children’s cares for the health of our community’s children.

Stony Brook Hardship Fund
Accepted Donations: Monetary
The Hardship Fund is a program available to assist eligible faculty and staff who are experiencing a personal financial emergency and who have exhausted all other avenues for obtaining assistance. The fund is a grant of up to $599 designed to address an event or catastrophe that is non-recurring, sudden, unexpected and critical.

Stony Brook Medicine Food Farmacy
Accepted Donations: Food items; Amazon wish list
The Food Farmacy, a food pantry, helps Stony Brook Medicine patients with cancer and/or diabetes who are impacted by food insecurity. If you would like to donate, monetary donations and items from the Stony Brook Nutrition Amazon Gift Registry can be accepted at anytime.

Stony Brook Stitchers
Accepted Donations: Handmade items
Stony Brook Stitchers donate handmade items to a variety of patients at the Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Cancer Center, and Long Island State Veterans Home. If you knit, crochet, sew or quilt, consider joining or donating to the Stony Brook Stitchers.

Community members and friends of the campus are always encouraged to give back to Stony Brook through monetary contributions to Stony Brook University Advancement. Donors may select departments or areas to support through a targeted contribution.

— Beth Squire

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