Riverhead Column: Thank local ambulance volunteers with a holiday donation

Riverhead High School’s girls’ basketball booster club is sponsoring a Burger King fundraiser to help defray the cost of purchasing items for the team on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. Patrons must order inside and mention that they are there for the girls’ basketball team, to which a percentage of all sales will be donated. Why cook dinner when you can go out and help the girls instead? You’ll be glad you did.

The Long Island Science Center on West Main Street is a great place to visit with your children. During the Christmas break, Dec. 27-30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. kids can learn about light, color and optics, play in the museum and make a craft to take home. Cost is $5 per person. Call 208-8000 for more information or visit

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps services the largest ambulance district in Suffolk County — Aquebogue, Calverton, Jamesport, Laurel, Manorville and Riverhead. Last year RVAC responded to over 3,000 emergency calls and is on track to reach 3,100 calls in 2011. Their annual fund drive is geared toward receiving tax-deductible donations from residents and businesses in the Riverhead Ambulance District to help fund activities that attract and retain volunteers and reduce requests for tax-based funding. Consider sending a donation today to: Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc., P.O. Box 924, Riverhead, NY 11901. Interested in joining an organization whose members measure their success in life by how they help their fellow citizens? Call 727-1686. It’s a great way to serve others. Remember, they are always there because they truly care.

Happy birthday wishes to Michael Frosina, Matthew Atkins and Alyssa Meyer on Dec. 15; Ellen Kramer, Barbara Lennon and Kyle Watts, Dec. 16; Karen Fleischman and triplets Ashley, Mark and Sean Kwasna, Dec. 18; Rose Haupt, Ron Darling and Caroline Stepnoski, Dec. 19; Greg Heppner, Christine Bouchard and Robert Doremus (who turns 4), Dec. 20; and Rich Campbell, Debra Koroleski and Rich Miller, Dec. 21. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Ginny Bilski.

During this holiday season be sure to take some time to call, email or drop a note to a special someone in your life and say thank you. Also, remember those less fortunate by dropping off a nonperishable food donation at a local pantry or perhaps a gift card for a special holiday dinner. ’Tis the season of giving. God bless.

Only 10 days ’til Christmas.