Baldwin Public Library’s Great Give Back is a success


The results are in. Baldwin Public Library patrons donated 375 pounds of pet supplies for Long Island Care’s Baxter’s Pet Pantry.

The drive for Baxter’s Pet Pantry was held as part of the library’s participation in The Great Give Back. The Great Give Back is a community service initiative, held during the month of October, that enables people to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences at public libraries throughout New York. This year, BPL decided to give back to Baxter’s Pet Pantry.

“As a community, we understand that when families with pets struggle with food insecurity, it also affects their pets,” Kaysha Watson-Phillips, the Library’s Assistant Director, said. “We believe emergency assistance should also include the provision of pet food and supplies – clearly so did the residents of Baldwin. The generosity of this community was overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who participated.”

Donations ranged from cases of cat food to dog beds to all kinds of toys. Mariel DePalma, Head of Teen Services, rewarded participating teens with community service certificates for their efforts. Patrons and anyone who wants to can check out new opportunities to give back during the month of November by visiting the library’s lobby.