There are several ways to give back to those in need this holiday season, and many of them involve having a little fun along the way. Here are six Long Island charity events benefitting nonprofit organizations and local families to attend this December.
SPANKY’S FAMILY LIGHT SHOW
This traditional Christmas lights show is synchronized with music when you tune in to 89.7 FM, and an 18-year-old from Hicksville created it himself. The family will be taking donations for Make A Wish Foundation – Metro New York. 62 Crescent St., Hicksville, site.wish.org/goto/spankyslightshow. Free. 5-10 p.m. Dec. 1- Jan. 1.
PRESS PLAY SIP & PAINT
Support Q.B. Generational Change Inc.’s programs and events for youth in the community at this sip and paint fundraiser at Press Play in Freeport. Food and drinks are included. There will be raffles, giveaways, music and more. 824 Merrick Rd., Freeport, facebook.com/qbgenerationalchange. $75. 8 p.m. Dec. 5.
TOY DRIVE AND FUNDRAISER
Legends Bar & Grill in Kings Park will host its 3rd annual holiday toy drive and fundraiser. Attendees can bring unwrapped gifts, which will be donated to Smithtown’s Children’s Foundation and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. All proceeds collected will go to local families in need. Event will feature live music, raffle prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 34 Indian Head Rd., Kings Park, facebook.com/legendsbarandgrillofkingspark. 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Send a loving animal to its forever home this holiday season by attending this fundraiser at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Smithtown. Enjoy dinner, a cash bar and raffles while supporting rescue dogs and cats. All proceeds will be donated to Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue. 730 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, saveapetusa.org. $25. 6 p.m. Dec. 10.
JINGLE ALL THE WAY 5K
Join in the family fun at the Jingle all the Way 5K and Run Run Rudolph Run 1K at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. The event will benefit the John Theissen Foundation’s annual toy drive. 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford, runsignup.com/Race/NY/Seaford/JingleAllTheWay5km. $38-$43. 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13.
HOLIDAY CHEER BUS ELF RIDE
Kids Need More hosts a drive-by, gift-giving extravaganza. Dress up as an elf and put a smile on the faces of hundreds of children coping with a serious illness. To nominate a child who has experienced serious illness or trauma, call 631-608-3135 or email email@example.com. 600 Albany Ave., Suite 14, Amityville, kidsneedmore.org. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 20.