Toy Drive and Holiday Carnival a Major Success

By Sarah Murphy

This year’s toy drive surpassed all expectations, with over 3,000 gifts! Generous toy donations from schools, businesses, and individuals around the city, as well as over $9,000 in financial contributions allowed us to host an amazing Holiday Carnival for girls and boys living in shelters, as well as distribute presents to thousands of homeless kids this holiday season.

We’d especially like to thank the United Federation of Teachers, Shleppers Moving and Storage, Robert & Joanne Hytner, Missy Farren & Associates, Chloe Malle, and FGI Finance for their exceptional gifts. Another thank you to
Charles Ferri, Judas Priestess, The Shalitas, and XMental for hosting events to benefit this year’s drive.

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Dear Santa’s Helpers,

The Holiday Party was great! I love the face painting and the grafitti drawing, and there were lots of kids to play with. The food and the music were AMAZING. I also loved the gifts that I got.

– Jay

Dear Santa’s Helpers,

Thank you for the presents and the yummy, yummy food! The cake was SO good. I really thank you for everything you gave us.

– Emily

On Saturday, December 18th, 200 girls and boys living in shelters joined us and the UFT for a special Holiday Carnival with entertainment and games, a visit from Santa, and presents.

Published in Safety Net, Winter 2011