‘The Holiday Express’ To Help Local Families In Need

Holly Wheaton adds bags of bagels to bags of food at the Springs Food Pantry. MICHAEL HELLER

Neighbors helping neighbors is the purpose of “The Holiday Express,” a charitable effort sponsored by The Express News Group this holiday season.

Through Christmas Eve, the publishers of The Sag Harbor Express, The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Press, and 27east.com will mount a campaign to raise money for four local charities, chosen because they provide direct aid to families in need on the South Fork.

Those charities are: the Springs Food Pantry; Heart of the Hamptons, based in Southampton Village; Help for Local Families, based in Westhampton Beach; and the Sag Harbor Helpers.

“We really wanted to get help for our neighbors in need, and give our readers a chance to support the people they know — who live right next door, in some cases,” said Gavin Menu, co-publisher. “Keeping it local was essential.”

“We know, from talking to the various charities, how significant the need is, this year in particular,” said Joseph Shaw, executive editor. “We just wanted to make it easy for people to help.”

To make donations of any kind, go to the GoFundMe page for “The Holiday Express,” located at: gf.me/u/za8zwz. Or go to “GoFundMe.com” and search for “The Holiday Express.”

Except for fees collected by GoFundMe for the campaign, 100 percent of the proceeds of the “Holiday Express” campaign will go to the four listed charities.

Contributions will be made over the next few weeks to allow the donations to be used during the holidays to provide aid of necessities, food, clothing and gifts for needy families.