5 Fun Ways to Give Back in NYC That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of
Hint: Pajamas, dogs and the Nae Nae
'Tis the season for giving. You’ve got everyone on your list covered--including your dog walker and doorman. But what about New Yorkers in need?
Volunteering at a soup kitchen or donating to a toy drive is great, but you can also help by playing with pups, having a pajama party and even, uh, doing the Nae Nae.
Here are five super-fun ways to give back this winter that you’ve probably never thought of.
THROW A PAJAMA PARTY
The holidays are tough for kids in shelters, group homes and temporary housing--the Pajama Program is helping little New Yorkers all over the city get a better night’s sleep by giving them comfy jammies and bedtime books. Volunteer for a reading party or donate PJs to help this winter.
114 E. 39th St. (at Park Ave.); 212-716-9757 or pajamaprogram.org
SERVE UP COMFORT FOOD
Soup? Yawn. NYC non-profit Meatloaf Kitchen is serving up a hearty, home-cooked meal of meatloaf, salad and veggies every Saturday. Cook, serve or clean up during the busy holiday season (or anytime!).
137 E. Second St. (at First Ave.); 347-850-2230 or meatloafkitchen.org
SPREAD THE WARMTH
Know how to knit or crochet? (First of all, we’re extremely jealous.) Knit blankets, scarves, mittens and sweaters and donate to Hats 4 the Homeless, a local charity that helps homeless New Yorkers stay warm.
WALK A FURRY FRIEND
Hey, dogs like the holidays, too. Stop by BARC Shelter and take one of the pups for a much-appreciated 20-minute walk. If you’re more of a cat person, hang out in the kitty loft instead. Best of all, if you fall in love, you can adopt them.
253 Wythe Ave. (at N. First St.), Brooklyn; 718-486-7489 or barcshelter.org
FIND A NEW DANCE PARTNER
Cut a rug with the guys who invented rug cutting. Volunteer for the Roseland Dance at Jewish Home Lifecare on December 17 and January 7--you’ll kick up your heels with elderly residents who can probably whip your butt in the Charleston and Nae Nae you under the table.
65 Broadway (at Rector St.); 212-228-5000 or newyorkcares.org