We at Hope for New York want to thank the hundreds of you who donated to make this Christmas special for your neighbors in need through His Toy Store! You’re bringing hope to so many — from moms and dads in residential recovery programs, to the formerly incarcerated reconnecting with their families, and the working poor in low-income neighborhoods.
Every year Hope for New York hosts pop-up stores across New York City with the help of our partner churches and affiliates. At these stores parents from neighborhoods all the way from Park Slope to the South Bronx can shop for brand new toys for their children at no cost.
This year, thanks to your generosity, we’re hosting 11 pop-up His Toy Stores (our biggest number yet!) all over New York City on December 3 and 10. Across all of these stores we’ll be providing 2,614 toys to 1,150 families. Take a moment to reflect on just how
incredible that is!
Think of it this way: thousands of smiles will light up on Christmas morning thanks to your help!
Generosity like yours helps families like Seanette’s experience joy this Christmas.
Seanette has shopped at His Toy Store every year since it came to the South Bronx in partnership with A House on Beekman four years ago. She not only shops for her little sister and her aunt’s four kids (ages 16, 12, 11, 11, and 5), all of whom live with her and her mom, but, as a staff member at A House on Beekman, she also volunteers at the South Bronx store each year.
“It means a lot to the families,” Seanette says. “There was one time my momma had a coworker who was living in the shelter, and she was like, ‘I don’t know how my kids are gonna get Christmas toys.’ So we gave them our tickets so they could go and get something. In times of need like that, His Toy Store comes through.”
And His Toy Store is so much more than a one-time outreach. It serves as an avenue for our neighbors to get connected to local ministries for year-round support. That means they’re getting connected to after-school programs, homeless shelters, addiction recovery programs, and more. All of this because of your support of His Toy Store. Thank you!
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