With temperatures dropping and as a result of a bruising economy, the demand for warm coats for those in need this Winter is greater than ever.
In an effort to get as many children as possible the proper winter apparel, the Town of Hempstead has partnered with Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., a local non-profit organization with various local social service groups that assist the needy.
“I’m delighted that the Town of Hempstead was able to facilitate an association between this wonderful organization and local groups that can distribute a vast quantity of warm apparel to those who truly need it”, stated Town Supervisor Kate Murray.
Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino also added that “with the chronically depressed economy taking its toll on working families, the importance of getting warm coats to parents for their young ones is more important now than ever. Just in time for the Holiday Season, thousands of young people will now be able to enjoy the ‘warmth of the season’ for Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwaanza.”
The Salvation Army in Hempstead, Nassau County Social Services and the Education and Assistance Corporation were among the recipients of thousands of brand new winter coats and warm outerwear provided by Kids Helping Kids, through its Making a Warmth of Difference Program.
Now in its eighth year, Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. has distributed thousands of winter coats and warm outerwear to area children, with a value of over $1 million. This year alone, the organization has received close to $200,000 worth of new outerwear, fleece, infant and toddler apparel and more.
“When we talk about ‘Making a Warmth of Difference’ the beneficiaries are not only the kids, but their families as well, economically speaking, as they don’t have to go out and spend limited and valued income on winter related apparel,” stated Bob Eslick, Executive Director of Kids Helping Kids.
“This is a wonderful program that helps so many in our local communities who need it,” added Senior Councilman Santino, before concluding “I am so pleased to help spread the word to residents and families that these coats are available.”