If dropping off locally (NYC)

  • Email us and let us know when you’re dropping off, and if you’d like to pick up more bags. 

  • Drop off times are available Wednesdays between 12pm-2pm

  • Located at Essex Market (NYC)

  • To find us at Essex Market, enter on Broome Street between Essex St & Norfolk St. Take the elevator or stairs up to the mezzanine floor

If mailing in

Please mail bags to:

Yin Chang and Moonlynn Tsai

130 Lafayette Street #32

New York, NY 10013

Illustrate Bags for Our Elderly

Pickup/dropoff location & mailing instructions

MANHATTAN

PICKUP/DROPOFF ONLY @ PARTYBUS BAKESHOP 

Address: 31 Essex Street, NY, NY 10002

Hours open: Tue - Sun from 9AM-4PM
Closed Mondays

 

PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS

There is no need to schedule your pickup so please just walk into Partybus Bakeshop ANY TIME during their open hours and say hello to the incredible Partybus Bakeshop team, let them know you’re there to pick up Heart of Dinner bags to decorate. The team will pass you a batch of 50 brown bags + a stack of 50 handwritten notes to bring home with you. When you're home and ready to decorate, first staple a note to the front of the brown bag (refer to the illustration at the very top of this page). Then follow the step-by-step decoration instructions above. 

MAIL-IN INSTRUCTIONS

If you're not local to New York but would still love to participate and contribute decorated bags, please be sure the dimensions of the brown bags match our dimensions 10x5x13 inches or you can purchase them by clicking here. Please aim to mail us as many completed decorated bags as possible. We like to say a batch of 50 from individual volunteers is incredibly helpful and needle-moving for us! 

Mail to:

Heart of Dinner

31 Howard Street

#406

New York, NY 10013

If you are local to NYC and would love to help us pack our care packages and/or deliver them directly to our Elderly, you can apply to be on our waiting list of volunteers: visit this page and fill out our volunteer application. 

 

A tremendous thank you for your generosity and your time. We deeply appreciate you, and can't wait to see what you'll create!

BLACK SEED BAGELS - BUSHWICK 
Address: 379 Suydam Street, 11237 
Bag Drive Hours: Everyday 8AM-3PM 

LAND TO SEA - EAST WILLIAMSBURG
402 Graham Ave, 11211
Bag Drive Hours: Everyday 8AM-5:30PM
*Bags available to decorate in-store
 
MISSION NYC- BUSHWICK
599 Johnson Ave, 11237
Bag Drive Hours: Wed-Sun 5-10PM

TIGER PRAWN - WILLIAMSBURG

Address: 208 Grand Street, 11211 

Bag Drive Hours: Everyday 5-10PM 

DECORATING INSTRUCTIONS

The goal is to bring cheer to the Elderly recipients when seeing your decorated brown bags during our deliveries! For illustration inspiration from fellow contributors, click here.  Follow the instructions below:

  1. Once you've picked up your brown bags and are ready to decorate at home, write "Heart of Dinner" and its Chinese translation "愛心餐" legibly, clearly, with large characters/letters in black/dark ink (refer to illustration.) We recommend using a black sharpie marker for this part! 

  2. Please note that volunteers supply their own materials and supplies for the actual decoration.  When illustrating and decorating around "Heart of Dinner 愛心餐", please use bright, vivid, cheerful colors. Tip: Some art supplies may not show up as vividly on our kraft brown bags. We've learned that volunteers have had the best luck with acrylic paint, the colors always look bright, vivid, intense, and bold on the bags!

  3. Be creative and draw/decorate images that are uplifting and recognizable. Examples: culturally thoughtful references, flowers, food, birds, etc. For exemplary samples of artwork that have deeply touched and moved our Elderly, click here and here and here.

  4. Be sure to drop off your decorated bags during operating hours of the participating location listed below (make sure to check their open hours.) 

  5. For mail-in for decorated bags, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Decorated bags are needed on an ongoing basis.

BLACK SEED BAGELS - BUSHWICK 
Address: 379 Suydam Street, Brooklyn 
Bag Drive Hours: Everyday  8AM-3PM 

LAND TO SEA - EAST WILLIAMSBURG
402 Graham Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211
Bag Drive Hours: Everyday 8AM-5:30PM
*Bags available to decorate in-store

 

MAISON DU TSURU- EAST WILLIAMSBURG
428 Humboldt St Front, Brooklyn, NY 11211-2419
Bag Drive Hours: Everyday 9AM-2PM
 
MISSION NYC- BUSHWICK
599 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn
Bag Drive Hours:
12/15-12/31 Wed- Sun 5:00-10:00pm

What happens after the Holiday Bag Drive ends?

Need more time to complete your bags and drop them off after February 15, 2022? Take your time! Or if you had a wonderful time completing your decorated bags during our Lunar New Year Bag Drive and would love to decorate our bags again? Please stop by our ongoing brown bag outpost at Partybus Bakeshop. We are always in need of ongoing decorated brown bags to pack our meals with! 

PARTYBUS BAKESHOP 

Address: 31 Essex Street, NY, NY 10002

Hours open: Tue - Sun from 9AM-4PM
Closed Mondays

 

PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS

Our need for thoughtfully decorated bags are on an ONGOING basis. There is no need to schedule your pickup so please just walk into Partybus Bakeshop ANY TIME during their open hours and say hello to the incredible Partybus Bakeshop team, let them know you’re there to pick up Heart of Dinner bags to decorate. The pickup at this location works a little differently. The team will pass you a batch of 50 brown bags + a stack of 50 handwritten notes to bring home with you. When you're home and ready to decorate, first staple a note to the front of the brown bag (refer to the illustration at the very top of this page). Then follow the step-by-step decoration instructions above. 

If you're not local to NYC but would still love to contribute, please click here to read directions on writing & decorating notes instead. We are ALWAYS in need of handwritten notes to attach to the decorated bags!

If you are local to NYC and would love to help us pack our care packages and/or deliver them directly to our Elderly, visit this page and fill out our volunteer application. 

 

A tremendous thank you for your generosity and your time. We deeply appreciate you, and can't wait to see what you'll create!

GET INVOLVED

Help illustrate bags

Heart of Dinner is fiscally sponsored through Edward Charles Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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