Lionheart Foundation Accepting Donations To Aid West Islip Families

Organization seeks monetary contributions to help local families devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

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:

John Mullins
Bayview Elementary School
165 Snedecor Ave.
West Islip, NY 11795

bigeyes November 04, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I think that should be Snedecor, not Sendecor, right? ex West Islipian here. : ) Could be wrong, but I think that's a typo in the address above. Shared this link with my WIHS connections on FB - people have been looking for a good, local source to donate. Looks like we've found it. Fantastic!
Terry Gebbia November 05, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Yes, Snedecor. Please donate whatever you can no matter how large or small! All donations benefit WI families in need.
Christine Naccarato November 05, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Can you please tell me the name and number where a person can receive help from this collection? What your doing is amazing. As well as others. However, most are finding it hard to find out where they can get help Monetary from these collection. Is this collection just for West Islip residents as well? Thank you for doing what your doing. God Bless
bigeyes November 05, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Christine, I believe this organization is doing work for West Islip. If you need *items* (not sure if anyone is set up for giving out monetary funds yet ... ) I can offer this info, originally posted to Facebook by a friend in Long Beach: ***Please everyone, spread the word! It's most important that those affected know where to go to collect items !!! Freeport rec center. Rockville Center rec center. Long beach rec center. The Lindenhurst church on Wellwood. 37 Union Ave in Amityville. if you know anyone that needs to gather items for their families, direct them in the proper facilities. Thank you!***
Terry Gebbia November 05, 2012 at 08:13 PM
West Islip Summit Coalition Inc which encompasses Lionheart is a qualified 501(c)(3) organizations so donations are tax deductible.
Terry Gebbia November 05, 2012 at 08:13 PM
that should be organization not organizations in my prior post
lynn November 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Any place in west islip taking clothing donations for the hurricane victims? during this week or over the coming weekend?
Louise Schuppin December 06, 2012 at 08:17 PM
How do I find out about a family from West Islip in need of help. Like maybe bringing Christmas presents for children and a meal for Christmas Day provided for them. Can't we adopt a family.
Terry Gebbia December 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Please contact John Mullins at Bayview Elementary School. He is working with the social workers to determine families in need. j.mullins@wi.k12.ny.us or or 893-3330
Marianne Bowden December 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I think you can contact the principal at your neighborhood school or I would contact John Mullins, Principal at Bayview. He seems to be the Lionheart contact. Most of the families do choose to remain anonymous.
Annmarie LaRosa December 06, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Also, the following link will bring you to the adopt-a-home information and more Lionheart information. http://www.wi.k12.ny.us/lionheart.htm#Help_Your_Family_/_Help_a_Neighbor’s_Family
Louise Schuppin December 06, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Thanks for the information. I will contact John Mullins.


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