Neighborhood Notes: Toy, Canned, and Clothing Drives

Canned Food Drive
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz holds annual Holiday Canned Food Drive until Dec. 13. Donations, which are given to Bronx non-profits for families in need, can be dropped off at his office, 3107 Kingsbridge Ave. For more information, call (718) 796-5345.

Heating Assistance
Sign up to receive free heating assistance through the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Eligible households can receive assistance of up to $725. A family of four with a yearly income of $53,482 can still qualify for help. For more information about eligibility, and to sign up, call (212) 331-3126.

Public Engagement Workshops
The Mayor’s Tenant Support Unit will hold a workshop on tenant rights on Dec. 14 at UNHP Refuge House, 2715 Bainbridge Ave., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The unit works with those who may be at risk of displacement, experiencing landlord harassment, needs a rent freeze for those who qualify, and other resources. For more information, call 311 or visit

Toy Drive
The Office of Councilman Andy King is accepting new toys for its 11th annual “Sharing is Caring” toy drive collection for young Bronx residents. Toys must be new, unwrapped, and appropriate for children ages 18 and under. Donations can be dropped off at 940 E. Gun Hill Rd. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Dec. 21. The holiday event is scheduled for Dec. 24. For more information, call (718) 684-5509. 

Dance Scholarships
The Dance Studio at Bronx House, 990 Pelham Pkwy., So., offers full year scholarships to 10 students in grades 3 to 5 for comprehensive dance training. To apply, parents must schedule a mandatory interview with the dance administration. Interviews are currently being scheduled for the weeks of Dec. 12 to 15 and Jan. 9 to 12, 2018. For more information about requirements and to schedule an interview, call (718) 792-1800 ext. 235 or visit

Donate Clothes
The Office of Councilman Andy King is accepting warm clothes for the winter season through Jan. 5, 2018. Coats, sweaters or any other warm clothing can be dropped off at 940 E. Gun Hill Rd. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They must be clean and in wearable condition. For more information, call (718) 684-5509 or (718) 684-5511.

Coat Giveaway
Free, donated winter coats will be given out to the first 800 kids ages 2 to 12 on Dec. 16 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Ponce De Leon Bank, 980 Southern Blvd. Children must be present. For more information, call (347) 720-8052.

Free Personal Financial Counseling
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) offers free one-on-one financial counseling by appointment. To schedule an appointment, and to find a Financial Empowerment Center near you, go to

Crime Victims Support
Crime Victims Support Services offers victims help in navigating the criminal justice system. Free confidential services include claim assistance, case follow-up, crisis counseling, and victim advocacy. For more information, call (718) 823-4925. 

Free Support Services
University Behavioral Associates (UBA), 4119 White Plains Rd. (corner of East 230th Street), offers a free Healthy Families Program for families living within the zip codes of 10466, 10467, 10469, and 10464. UBA can connect families with services such as housing assistance/referral, education, elder care, employment, legal matters, and health, among others. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Meredith Pouncey at (718) 652-0227 ext. 259 or ext. 271.

Bronx Photo Club
The Bronx Photographic Society (formerly the New York Botanical/Zoological Photographic Society) meets bimonthly at Fordham University Prep School on the Fordham University Campus, 441 E. Fordham Rd., room 327 or 329 starting at 9:45 a.m. as follows: Dec. 16, Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, April 14 and 21, and May 5 and 12. For more information, call (718) 543-3115.


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