December 2009: Christmas Project Launched
"Children of the City is a not-for-profit charitable organization that addresses the needs of disadvantaged children in the inner city communities of New York City and serves as a city-wide model for other organizations working with children from similar circumstances. Since 1981 we have been able to channel help to them in the means of educational support, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas gifts, coats and blankets, back to school supplies, furniture, food distribution locations and much more.
Each month our team of volunteers visit close to 1,000 children in their homes. Each year, as part of our sessions we host a special Christmas Project and collect new, unwrapped toys during November and December, distributing those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the communities we serve. Over the years, we have established close relationships with the families we visit, which well qualifies us to identify the needy children in the community and target them in the distribution of the toys. We know these are tough economic times and we are glad for the opportunity to show that we care about the children and families in the communities we serve.
When you donate Christmas toys to at-risk and disadvantaged children, you provide a glimmer of hope and inspiration for children. Most of the families we visit are unable to provide gifts for their children outside of meeting basic family needs, and with today’s economy we are gearing up for what is expected to be a greater number of requests from families for assistance than previous years. We expect to have hundreds of children at our Christmas party on Saturday, December 19, 2009. We would like to invite you to partner with us in donating new, unwrapped Christmas gifts for the needy children of our inner city communities."