Brooklyn Toy Distribution

Dec 23, 2020 | by The Salvation Army

December 23, 2020 - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined The Salvation Army of Greater New York to distribute over 1,500 toys to families who live in the Howard Houses (New York City Housing Authority) development in Brownsville. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the city, especially in communities of color where financial impacts are felt more deeply, The Salvation Army has remained committed to providing 60,000 toys to children and families this holiday season.

“I would not have had a Thanksgiving or Christmas growing up without The Salvation Army. They always provide a safe space,” said Eric Adams, “The Salvation Army poured into me when I was a child and now I can pour into these children.”

During the visit, families were reminded to abide by public health guidelines, like wearing masks, getting tested regularly, and maintaining proper social distancing.

“Brooklynites have shown their generosity throughout this pandemic, helping to deliver groceries, medicine, and other necessities to their neighbors in need,” continued the Borough President, “We thank The Salvation Army for their partnership, and for all the good work they do on behalf of New Yorkers.”

The Salvation Army has been serving the Greater New York area since 1880 and is committed to serving all New Yorkers through its 38 community centers, 5 rehabilitation centers, 8 developmental disabilities services homes, 3 homeless shelters, and HIV services center.

“We don’t want parents to have to choose between paying their bills and buying presents, and no child should wake up on Christmas morning thinking that Santa forgot them,” said The Salvation Army of Greater New York Director of Community Engagement Jennifer Groff. “We are so grateful that because of generous donors, we were able to provide toys to families living in NYCHA housing developments in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the support that Borough President Adams and The Salvation Army of Greater New York have provided to the families of Howard, Tilden, and Van Dyke houses during this unprecedented holiday season,” said NYCHA Executive Vice President for Community Engagement and Partnerships Sideya Sherman. “This wonderful act of generosity does so much to bring a sense of joy and normalcy for our residents at a time when it’s sorely needed.”

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