Did you know that 70% of homeless New Yorkers are families with children?
Out of concern for these families, we have made donations every holiday season to the non-profit WIN (Women In Need). As detailed on their website, they are an organization that had its beginnings back in
“…1983, as a shelter for four homeless women and their combined six children. Since then, WIN has evolved to become a leading, non-profit agency and the largest provider of shelter for homeless families in New York City. They serve close to 12,000 homeless women and their children each year. Win has sharpened its focus from offering shelter and support to homeless women and children, to providing comprehensive programs and services that enable homeless families to succeed in life and break the cycle of homelessness.” –WIN website
In years past we have donated much-needed household items such as diapers, bottles, and clothing. This year we got to receive specific Christmas wish lists from twenty families and in a way we got to play Santa’s Elves, gathering all the gifts and wrapping them up with holiday cheer.
We are so glad to have helped out the larger effort by WIN to fulfill the wishes of over 2,000 letters this holiday season and hopefully make many holidays a little bit brighter.
If you are interested in donating or volunteering with WIN throughout the year look at their website and get in touch as there are plenty of opportunities and programs to get involved with.