Each year, LICH holds our "Have a Heart for the Homeless" Candlelight Vigil for the Homeless to raise awareness about the homeless and the great need for affordable housing in our region.
For most of us, winter brings thoughts of holidays, gifts, and good cheer. Unfortunately, too many Long Islanders see winter as a time when the cold is against them, food is in short supply, and the ability to stay warm is a daily challenge. These are Long Island's homeless and impoverished individuals and families. Reports show that there are over 750,000 Americans living on the streets or in emergency shelters. On Long Island, approximately half of the homeless are children.
On February 13, 2013, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless will hold its Candlelight Vigil for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College. Each year, we collect and distribute new winter coats, new/unused baby items, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and toiletries to Long Island's homeless and at-risk families. Last year, over 2,000 Long Islanders participated in this event. The participation of every person who cares will make a difference. Let us show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exist in our affluent society.
The Vigil brings together members of the community, folks who wish to raise awareness, and homeless/at risk Long Islanders and agencies who serve them. In addition to information for persons in need, we will have FREE financial literacy sessions, haircuts, face painting, story time, bra fittings and other services available. In addition, participants will enjoy the music of the Nassau County Girls Scouts Chorus, as well as presentations from local officials.
An exciting feature of this event is that all items donated will be distributed at the end of the Vigil to those in need and agencies working with them. Refreshments will also be available at no cost to all participants (while supplies last).
Please join us at our annual Have a Heart for the Homeless Candlelight Vigil on February 13, 2013!Your group can also help by conducting drives to collect new baby items, toiletries, and non-perishable foods, hanging fliers, and/or volunteering on the night of the event. Download a Vigil Kit here to help get you started!