Volunteers all through town made Christmas merrier to these in want with toys, coats and heat meals.
Mayor de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton joined forces to unfold cheer with a vacation meal and toy giveaway on the Nationwide Motion Community’s Harlem headquarters.
“At this time feels superior,” stated Raymona Williams, 42, of Harlem, who attended the neighborhood meal for the primary time this 12 months together with her daughters. “I’ve tears in my eyes. I’ve to maintain combating them again. Simply to provide again, that is simply stunning.”
Her daughter, second-grader Mylan Guinyard, 7, was excited to fulfill Mayor de Blasio, who gave her a Barbie.
“You get to open presents and get no matter you need,” the Success Academy Harlem 1 pupil stated.
Earlier than the occasion kicked off, de Blasio touted town’s historic low crime numbers — and mentioned a brand new objective.
“We’re already the most secure large metropolis in America as a result of we now have police and neighborhood working collectively now in widespread trigger,” he advised these gathered. “I would like us to be the fairest large metropolis in America. I would like us to be a beacon of equity and decency.”
Sharpton slammed President Trump’s tax plan and immigration insurance policies through the occasion.
“I don’t know should you ought be saying Merry Christmas or not, President Trump, since you’re not on the best aspect of any of these points,” Sharpton stated.
Additionally in attendance was Corey Smart, the oldest of the 5 suspects convicted within the “Central Park jogger” case. The convictions had been tossed 13 years later after DNA testing linked one other jail inmate.
Requested if he had a phrase of recommendation for younger New Yorkers spending Christmas behind bars this 12 months, Smart stated, “I do know it’s simpler stated than performed, however keep sturdy. If I can do it, you are able to do it.”
In the meantime, in decrease Manhattan, New York Cares volunteers helped distribute winter coats to greater than 150 homeless males, ladies and youngsters on the New York Metropolis Rescue Mission, the oldest homeless shelter within the nation.
The needy waited in an extended line exterior after which made their choice from coats laid out on tables.
Three Luciano youngsters — Genesis, 9, Lucian, 6, and Danielle, 5 — had been excited after they every discovered new coats of their sizes.
They’re among the many 22,829 homeless youngsters within the metropolis, information present.
“Whereas many people will obtain a lot throughout this vacation season, you will need to bear in mind those that go with out even primary requirements,” stated New York Cares Govt Director Gary Bagley. “With temperatures dropping, these donations are crucial to assist preserve our fellow New Yorkers heat.”
The group is aiming to gather 125,000 coats throughout its annual coat drive to fulfill the ever-increasing demand.
These trying to help can donate barely used, freshly laundered coats at a whole lot of areas all through town. That features all NYPD precincts, Penn Station and Grand Central Station till Dec. 31.
Coats are wanted for youngsters, ladies and men, significantly bigger males’s sizes.
Individuals may donate $20 for the acquisition and supply of a brand new coat by texting the phrase “COAT” to 41444.