COVID-19 has forced the cancelation of all regional holiday meetings for the 2020
season. These meetings served many purposes including getting members together
and spreading the holiday spirit. During these meetings Local 30 collected toys and
more recently, gift cards to support charities. Last year members were able to raise
$12,000.00 to support the Lexiebean Foundation which provides financial and
emotional support to families experiencing pediatric cancer. The Foundation also
provides care packages including gift cards, blankets, toys and other entertainment
to help them as comfortable as they can during extended hospital stays.

This year you can donate directly to the Lexiebean Foundation by going to

https://www.lexiebeanfoundation.org/donate-now/

You are also able to drop gift cards off in the main lobby of the IUOE Local 30
Union Hall at 16-16 Whitestone Expressway, Whitestone, NY but do to precautions
related to COVID-19 we recommend donating directly through the website.

Many things have been closed or stopped this year due to the global pandemic but
pediatric cancer doesn’t take a break just because the hospital system is stressed or
the economy is suffering. Let’s do what we can during this season of giving to
support this charity and these children.