Editor's note: The Lionheart Foundation sent the following letter to Patch. The organization, is seeking monetary donations from local residents that will be earmarked to help West Islip families that are most in need as they recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Since its inception in response to the Sept. 11 tragedies, the Lionheart Foundation has been a financial conduit to ease the burden of West Islip families suffering through tragedies such as loss of a loved one, loss of income, home fires and unforeseen accidents.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Lionheart will continue to offer financial respite for the victims of the storm. Lionheart foundation is administered by John Mullins, principal of Bayview Elementary School, and run under the not for profit umbrella of the West Islip Summit Coalition.
Requests for funds come to us from a variety of sources; a building principal or social worker may know of a family in need; a neighbor or friend may contact the Lionheart committee members, etc. The foundation will consider all requests based on the severity of need, and respond immediately.
If you are considering making a financial donation to help those severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy please consider the Lionheart foundation. Checks should be made out to the West Islip Summit Coalition with Lionheart written in the memo line. Please send checks to John Mullins at Bayview Elementary School. No amount is too small, and all funds will go directly to families in need.
The foundation will be planning a series of future fundraisers for upcoming concerts and events where spare change and monetary donations can be directly dropped. More information will become available soon.
Send donations to:
Bayview Elementary School
165 Snedecor Ave.
West Islip, NY 11795