Special Needs Make A Difference

On a day devoted to giving, students at Brookville Center for Children’s Services, an organization serving children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, were looking for a unique way to get involved with #GivingTuesday. 

Two classes at the Children’s Education Center on AHRC’S Brookville Campus raised over 400 pounds of canned goods, pantry items and other non-perishable foods. Collecting throughout the month of November, the classes reached out to Long Island Cares to present them with their donation on #GivingTuesday. Students in the classes vary in ages, ranging from teens to young adults, all with developmental disabilities. 

“I am so proud of my students and their effort,” said Brookville Center teacher Stephen Keegan. “Our students are a caring group of kids and finding opportunities for them to be more involved with their communities is one of our goals.”  

Not only was the collection a great way for kids to make a difference during the holiday season and understand the importance of giving, but the process of going class to class to collect daily donations enhanced their socialization skills.  

“Food drives account for more than 12% of our annual distribution,” said Christine Brown, Community Education & Outreach Coordinator for Long Island Cares. “The efforts of the Brookville Center students not only help to increase awareness and understanding, but help us tremendously in the fight against hunger on Long Island.”  

The students at Brookville Center are now committed to regularly contributing to Long Island Cares and are looking forward to their next collection.