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Shop Local, Support A Cause

Forget about Black Friday. Aside from the mob scene likely to be encountered at the mall, there are other reasons to delay getting started on your holiday shopping by several days, and you don’t even have to leave the area. 

 

This year there are a few local shopping events that not only support local businesses but also support local organizations. Starting with a family shopping night at North Shore High School on Dec. 3, the Shop Glen Cove Showcase on Dec. 4 at Glen Cove Mansion, followed by the Holiday Shopping Expo at Deasy Elementary School on Dec. 6, and topped off with a Day of Shopping in Sea Cliff on Dec. 8. 

 

Every year for the past six years, the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce puts on the Shop Glen Cove Showcase. A fundraiser for the chamber, it also provides a way for local businesses to present themselves to the community. The first showcase was held at Webb Institute in 2007, and was moved to the Glen Cove Mansion in 2010 because they needed more space. 

 

“It gives the members an opportunity to be introduced to the community,” says Phyllis Gorham, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. She says the event highlights businesses that provide both products and services, so people can find information about everything from skin care, acupuncture and massage to jewelry and unique
kids’ clothing.

 

The shopping expos at the schools support the PTAs, and in Sea Cliff on Sunday, Dec. 8, some of the proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations like the Gold Lions Club and Mutual Concerns.

 

At K. DiResta Collective, 10 percent of profits made from that day will be donated to the Lions Club. The shop, located at 212 Sea Cliff Avenue, features hand-made jewelry, photography, pottery, stained glass, hand-made candles, and many other unique gifts by local artists. Jeweler Donna Barrett will be in the store that day with her latest designs for sale. 

 

The Lions donate to sight-related causes and hold fundraisers throughout the year; they also give to food-based charities like Mutual Concerns and North Shore INN.

 

 “Every penny we raise goes out,” says Linda Schwab of the Lions Club.

 

During the Sea Cliff shopping day, some merchants will be hosting local artists for the day, and it will be topped off with the tree lighting on the Village Green, at 5 p.m.  At this time, food will be collected for the Mutual Concerns

Committee, which is also quite busy during this time of year. In fact, this past weekend they had 50 turkeys ready for delivery as part of the Thanksgiving baskets they provide to those in need.

 

Mutual Concerns began more than 30 years ago when a Sea Cliff village trustee was alerted to the growing number of people in the community who were in financial trouble and in need of food. They have a pantry in Village Hall and collect non-perishable food for people in the community and create “baskets” for the holidays. They also sponsor a dinner on Christmas Day at the Methodist Church and a senior luncheon held twice a week at St. Luke’s Parish Hall. 

 

“We try to help seniors, single parents, people between jobs,” says Peggie Como, president of the Mutual Concerns Committee.

 

A big fundraiser for the organization is the annual Holiday House Tour, which unfortunately was canceled this year. “We’ll try again next year,” says Como. “It’s a lot of fun.”

 

She notes that the organization gets a lot of support from other clubs in the community. “Whenever they have an event, they always think of me.”