Long Island Firearms (LIF), New York’s foremost online firearms enthusiast community, is once again hosting a Cleanup of Ronkonkoma Avenue as part of Brookhaven’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. The event will be held on Sunday, October 17th and is the second such cleanup since LIF joined Adopt-A-Highway earlier this year.
“Naturally, the rain was torrential for our first cleanup in April,” LIF’s Administrator Steve joked. “We’re hoping for better weather this time, but foul weather never gets in the way of LIF’ers and their community service!” Steve related the story of discovering a used hypodermic needle just yards from Raynor Park’s playground during their first cleanup. “I’m glad that our members found the needle, and reported it to police.” He continued, “The difference was not only cosmetic; we made that street safer through our efforts, and we are all looking forward to continuing to keep our communities clean and safe.”
Community services in which LIF has participated include sponsoring a Blood Drive in Smithtown for the New York Blood Center this past summer, and contributing to:
- Jacob’s Light Foundation (which creates thousands of pounds of care packages each month for US Troops),
- Cell Phones for Soldiers (phones are converted into pre-paid calling cards for those serving in the military), and
- a local Band-aid Drive for Children (provides fun, colorful band-aids to make transfusions and other medical procedures less scary for children). The recipients were Pediatric Hematology-Oncology centers of Brooklyn Hospital NYC and Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (formerly Schneider’s Children’s Hospital).
What’s next for this community-minded group? An LIF-sponsored CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) course is in the works. LIF also hosts free NRA “Women on Target” (WOT) safety clinics, teaching females the proper way to handle firearms safely. LIF’s most recent clinic was held on June 12, 2010 at the Old Bethpage Rifle and Pistol Club. (An October 2, 2010 “Women On Target” clinic in Uniondale, reported here in Long Island Examiner and picked up by NRAblog, is being sponsored by NYSAFE.org in October.)
Community activities performed by Long Island Firearms’ members can be found by visiting http://keeplongislandclean.org.
Long Island Firearms is a web-based membership founded in 2009 to promote a sense of community among firearms enthusiasts on Long Island. By extension, LIF is a local Second Amendment Rights advocate and established the Long Island Freedom Fund, a not-for-profit filed under the laws governing US 501(c)(3). LIF is duly chartered by the National Rifle Association, and is an affiliate club of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.
The Long Island Firearms “Ronkonkoma Avenue Cleanup” event on October 17th is rain or shine. If the previous cleanup on April 25th is anything to go by, the hours are likely 8 AM to 12 Noon and will be followed by a barbeque or picnic. Look for the LIF members cleaning up your road that Sunday morning and say hello!
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