As we enter the final week of 2012, Patch is taking a look back at the top stories of 2012. We kick off our Year in Review with a look at those heart-warming stories that show the charitable kindness and community spirit of Hauppauge.
*Hauppauge Student Helps Create Elementary School Library
A Hauppauge student who learned of an elementary school in need of books for its students is gaining recognition for her effort in creating Amanda's Book Rescue.
Amanda Borowski, a seventh-grader atHauppauge Middle School, donated more than 3,600 books to Martin L. Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Wyandanch to help create a school library.
Hauppauge Students Start Up Socks for SandyTwo Hauppauge teens have started up a local fundraiser to give back to the Long Island victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Ian McMahon and his sister, Jocelyn, will be collecting packages of sock for at Hauppauge High School and Middle School through December that will be distributed to those in need.
"I read in the newspaper that the most needed thing is socks. Everyone donates clothes, no one donates socks," Ian said.
* Hauppauge Realtors Help with Spring Cleaning at Port Jeff's Hope House
The real estate agents from Keller Williams Realty Associates in Hauppauge traveled to Port Jefferson on Thursday to help Hope House Ministries spruce up its yard and restore an old barn as part of a corporate day of giving.
* AARP Members Give Day of Service at LI Cares
Dozens of local senior citizens donated their time and effort at a Hauppauge-based charity on Sept. 11 as a way of remembering those who were killed in the attacks.
Island Harvest Celebrates the Grand Opening of its Hauppauge Center
Island Harvest celebrated the grand opening of its new Hauppauge warehouse on Monday with the help of the New York Mets.
Island Harvest hosted its official ribbon cutting ceremony for its new warehouse off Marcus Boulevard in Hauppauge Industrial Park on Tuesday morning. The event was attended hunger relief advocates, elected officials, corporate sponsors and several players from the New York Mets.
Rigatoni's is Dishing Up 100 Free Pizzas
A Hauppauge pizzeria will be giving out free pizzas to customers in need of a warm meal on Monday afternoon.
Rigatoni's Pizza & Pasta in Hauppauge will be giving out 100 free pizzas starting at 4 p.m. Monday in hopes of helping out customers without power and in need of a warm meal.