Charles McKenna Keller Williams Realty Homes & Estates teams with LICH

Commercial Real Estate Agent

For the last couple of years we have had the great pleasure of being affiliated with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. This affiliation came about through several years of participating with Holiday Magic. The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, through a partnership with Holiday Magic and Every Child’s Dream, will, once again, distribute backpacks and school supplies for more than 3,000 children in need on Long Island.   Our friend, Greta Guarton, who is the executive director of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless stated:  “the need for assistance is growing each year.  We are grateful to members of the community who come together to help our less fortunate neighbors.  These school supplies will help thousands of children go back to school with the tools they need to succeed.”



Although this is Keller Williams Realty Homes & Estates’ second year, this is the ninth year that LICH has conducted its “SOS: Supply Our Students” Back to School Drive.  The first distribution will take place on August 26 with a Summer Festival for children in shelters organized by Backpack Pirates.  “This event gives the children a day to learn and grow – a day to play on the beach, have a picnic,” said Ken Mangan, LICH Board member and an organizer of the Backpack Pirates event.  “Many of them have never been to the beach or had new clothes or supplies for school.  Thanks to our partners in the community, Backpack Pirates and LICH, these kids will start the school year more prepared and more confident than they have before,” said Charles Russo, Chair of LICH and co-organizer of the Summer Festival.  “We are also tremendously grateful to the members of the Suffolk County Legislature, Astoria Bank, Touro Law Center and Long Island Board of Realtors, who have been supporters of our Back Pack Pirates event from its inception, and who will be collecting supplies for Suffolk’s children in need.  We are also grateful to various libraries throughout our region, who have agreed to collect school supplies for our drive, and act as drop-off sites.”

There are only just so many children who can attend the day in the country event for Back Pack Pirates. For those who cannot attend we still venture to distribute the back packs with school supplies. The second half of the distribution will take place at the end of August.  WE NEED YOUR HELP! The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking additional partners to help provide much-needed school supplies to children in need.  Donations of new school supplies and backpacks will be accepted at the LICH offices, the offices of Keller Williams Realty Homes & Estates (400 Townline Road, Hauppauge), several offices of members of the Suffolk County Legislature and at certain libraries until the week of August 10.  For information on other drop-off locations, please visit  For information on how to become a drop-off location, or participate in our drive, call Keller Williams Realty Homes & Estates at 631-675-0770 or contact LICH at 516-742-7770.



The following locations are accepting school supplies on our behalf through August 10th. .


Nassau County


BELLMORE: Bellmore Memorial Library

FRANKLIN SQUARE: Child Care Council of Nassau

FREEPORT: Freeport Recreation Center

FREEPORT: Freeport Village Hall

GARDEN CITY: Long Island Coalition for the Homeless

HICKSVILLE: Central Nassau Guidance

NEW HYDE PARK: Hillside Library

OCEANSIDE: Oceanside Library


PLAINVIEW: Eagle Rock Management

PLAINVIEW: Rosicki, Rosicki, & Associates

ROCKVILLE CENTRE: Lakeview Library

UNIONDALE: Hofstra Office of Student Leadership (260 Student Center)


Suffolk County


CENTEREACH: Middle Country Public Library

CENTERPORT: Office of William Spencer

CENTRAL ISLIP: Touro Law Center (PAC Center)

COMMACK: Commack Library

GREENLAWN: Harborfields Library

HAUPPAUGE: Hauppauge Library

HAUPPAUGE: Keller Williams Realty Homes & Estates

HAUPPAUGE: Russo, Karl, Widmaier, & Cordano

HOLBROOK: Office of William J. Lindsay

HUNTINGTON: Office of Steve Stern


MELVILLE: Continental Home Loans

MELVILLE: LLoyd Staffing

MELVILLE: Zodiac Title Services

RIVERHEAD: Riverhead Free Library

SAYVILLE: Sayville Library

SMITHTOWN: Office of Robert Trotta

WEST ISLIP: West Islip Library (Sponsored by Office of Thomas Barraga)


Please use this link for further information and to link to the participating locations via Google Maps:


School Supply List

Three-ring binders (various sizes) and dividers

Folders with pockets

Looseleaf paper

Spiral Notebooks (1,2,3,5 subjects)

Book Covers

#2 Pencils with Erasers


Colored Pencils

Fine line markers

Marble composition books

3 x 5 index cards


Glue Sticks

Elmer’s Glue

Scissors and safety scissors



Rulers (12 in with cm and inches)

Pencil sharpeners

Back packs and lunch boxes

Other Items Needed

New packages of socks and underwear, ages K-12

New shoes (school appropriate/sneakers)


New clothing (school appropriate)

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