His Toy Store — Thank you!
Thank you to the hundreds of you who gave His Toy Store in November! You helped Hope for New York stock our His Toy Stores with over 2,100 toys for 750 families in need!
On December 6 and December 13, we’ll work with several of our affiliates, as well as other ministries, and hundreds of volunteers to host 7 stores all over the city — in neighborhoods from Bushwick to Chelsea to the South Bronx.
At these stores, parents can shop for toys at no cost and will also be able to connect to local ministries for year-round resources. These parents include the working poor in low-income neighborhoods, formerly incarcerated individuals reconnecting with their families, and moms and dads in residential recovery programs.
However, we don’t see this outreach as a one-time giveaway — our hope is that parents connect with a caring community for year-round support and spiritual community.
Anna Mandile, one of our partners at Living Waters Fellowship in Brooklyn, tells us that His Toy Store is an indispensible resource for being able to love and serve families in the neighborhood.
“Many of the families [we see] have trouble paying their bills,” she says. “They often are living with more than one family in an apartment to make ends meet, and they struggle to give us the $20 fee per week for our afterschool program.”
Anna added that His Toy Store allows families to “see love without the ‘strings’ attached. They know that they are loved and cared for.”
You can follow all the His Toy Store action by using #HisToyStore, or follow @hopefornewyork on Twitter or @hfny on Instagram
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