As the holiday season approaches in Downtown Brooklyn, the spirit of giving is in the air! We’ve compiled a thoughtful list of ways to give back to the community during this season of giving. Whether it’s volunteering, donating, or supporting local organizations, there are numerous opportunities to spread kindness and make a positive impact. Join us in embracing the joy of giving this season, and let’s come together to create a warm and supportive community for everyone in Downtown Brooklyn.


The Office of Councilmember Lincoln Restler is accepting collecting warm, lightly-used clothing for recently arrived immigrants and homeless New Yorkers in our community! Drop off coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, and gloves at 410 Atlantic Avenue anytime between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

support myrtle ave. partnership’s thanksgiving turkey drive

Help local families this Thanksgiving by supporting the Myrtle Avenue Partnership Thanksgiving Turkey Drive! The goal is to provide turkeys and Thanksgiving groceries to 1,200 families!  With your help, each family that visits the pantry ahead of Thanksgiving on November 18 will also get a turkey and traditional sides for their holiday meal. Donate now!

Support Next Step Community Church’s Community Thanksgiving

Next Step Community Church at 360 Schermerhorn Street invites you to provide support as they set up for their annual community Thanksgiving. Reach out to help serve meals on Thanksgiving Day or provide general support in other ways!

Participate in the Brooklyn Autism Center Matching Challenge

Help the Brooklyn Autism Center continue to improve the quality of life for children with autism. Now until Giving Tuesday on November 28, all donations made towards the BAC Matching Challenge will be matched up to $25,000! All contributions go towards supporting the costs of educational and therapeutic programs. Learn more and donate today.

Help Little Essentials assist families in need

Little Essentials is a Navy Yard-based organization that offers urgently-needed children’s supplies and parenting education to at-risk families to promote the health, well-being, and safety of their children five years of age and younger. Help them with their mission by donating funds, items, or time. Learn more.

Donate Books to the Brooklyn Book Bodega

Brooklyn Book Bodega is accepting new and gently-used children’s books at their Brooklyn Navy Yard outpost! By giving to the Book Bodega, you’re helping them on their mission of increasing the number of 100+ book homes in the borough, which boosts life outcomes for children and adolescents. Donate today.

Donate goods via DSNY

The NYC Department of Sanitation offers programs and services that make it easy to donate and support the community. Find a clothing and textile drop-off site near you, enroll your building in refashionNYC (a free in-building collection service for NYC residents, businesses, schools, and nonprofits), and connect with donateNYC.

As Downtown Brooklyn is immersed in the holiday spirit, the call to give back resonates louder than ever. Let this holiday season be a testament to the power of collective generosity by helping to create a supportive Downtown Brooklyn for everyone.