The University of Albany’s Living-Learning Community program volunteered this fall on campus and in Albany to write letters to active military members. Queens students who participated in the event included Forest Hills’ Jillian Cheng, Anthony Tejada and Benitha Muyizere; Woodhaven’s Kadeem Jefferson; South Ozone Park’s Mashaal Bhatti, Susanie Seecharan and Kumar Khalikaprasad; Whitestone’s David Chen and Joseph Petraglia; Bellerose’s Chloe Nenner; Flushing’s Hua Huang, Ivana Su, Amy Wang, Oscar Wang, Kangshun Xu, George Papastefanou, Selim Selim, Ying Yan Shi and Esther Kim; Fresh Meadows’ Kellie Siu; Bayside’s Andrew Hur and Ray Kim; Jamaica’s Vasha Ahmed, Kai Smith, Egypt Phillips, Najee Savage, Rohane Henry, Candice Fung, Dyavian McDowell and Justin Gantt; St. Albans’ Joshua Garcia, Hilda Agbi, Dwayne McBean and Habbygahelle Ulysse; Rosedale’s Brandon Mays and Adriana Redwood; Queens Village’s Reginald Hyppolite and Monique John; Hollis’ Chidiogo Igboekwe; Cambria Heights’ Imade Omozore; Springfield Gardens’ Ogaga Edukuye; Breezy Point’s Franco Pallante; and Arverne’s Maya Reid.
Assemblyman Edward Braunstein is hosting a holiday gift drive for hospitalized veterans and a toy driver for needy and hospitalized children. The assemblyman’s office will accept donations of the following items: sugar-free candy, pajamas, robes, slippers, socks, sweaters, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, playing cards, puzzles and unwrapped toys. All gifts should be delivered by Dec. 18 to Braunstein’s office, located at 213-33 39th Ave., suite 238; the offices of Dr. William M. Duke, located at 35-01 202nd St.; or Community Board 11, located at 46-21 Little Neck Parkway. For more information, contact the assemblyman’s office at (718) 357-3588.
Assemblyman David Weprin and the faculty of Irwin Altman Middle School 172 are sponsoring a holiday toy drive to honor the memory of Jason Mark Weinstein, a former staff member for Councilman Rory Lancman. The drive will benefit the children of Heartshare Human Services of New York as well as children in programs throughout Richmond Hill. Participants should bring a new or gently unwrapped toy, book or game suitable for children, ages 12 and below, to Weprin’s offices, located at 185-06 Union Tpke. in Fresh Meadows and 111-12 Atlantic Ave., suite 5, in Richmond Hill. For more information, call (718) 454-3027 or (718) 805-2381.