GIVING TREE ORGANIZATIONS: Thank You Messages
Thank You Message from Pat Boyle, Executive Director at Gateway Youth Outreach:
Notre Dame Social Ministries and the parishioners of Notre Dame will be bringing joy to many children’s Holiday Spirit with a very generous donation of toys and gift cards made to Gateway Youth Outreach. The toys and cards donated will be utilized this coming Tuesday December 19th at The Gotham Avenue School in Elmont where a blowout Holiday Party will be held from 4 to 7 pm. Children receive pizza, soft drinks, cookies, arts and crafts, dancing, singing and of course a gift and visit with Santa Claus. Over 400 youngsters will be in attendance and it should be a great evening.
Thank you once again to all at Notre Dame for your sincere generosity for children who are a little less fortunate. Have a blessed and safe Christmas.
Thank You Message from John F. Donlon, Recreation Specialist at SCO Family of Services:
Many of our residents have been abused as kids, and therefore their childhood was robbed from them. Part of my job is to allow them to be children again in a safe environment and capture that which was lost to them. By the generosity of Notre Dame, you enable us to build that safe environment for our kids. What better way to celebrate childhood but by playing board games which your community donated to us. In this way our kids are able to learn life lessons that they don’t get to have with video games. When playing with a staff member it gives the adolescent time with an adult in a safe environment, and for that brief moment it’s all about enjoying oneself, an opportunity which many of our young teens do not often get. For that moment it’s about the game and the time spent with each other.
I cannot thank you enough for your gifts and I look forward to seeing you again this time next year! Wishing you and all those in your social ministry department and parish community a most blessed Christmas season!
Thank You Message from Marisa Paladino, Events Manager at Family and Children’s Association:
We cannot thank you enough for all the amazing toys and gift cards. I have heard back already from the programs about how grateful their clients will be. Our Organization looks to protect and strengthen Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors, and their communities. We help people of all ages across Long Island and have been around for over 130 years of caring and serving the community.
During the holidays giving a family a gift card to a store like a Supermarket, Target, Walmart, Modells, Bath and Body Works is so meaningful as they feel they are able to purchase something their child would like and it helps them to feel like they had a part in the gifting as they are unable to buy their children anything at all.
A great BIG THANK YOU FOR ME and Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!
Thank You Message from Jamie Rapfogel, Director of Birthday Wishes of Long Island:
Thank you so much for today’s donation to Birthday Wishes of Long Island, a local non profit that helps children in 67 family homeless shelters experience the joy of a birthday party. We will take the toys and gift cards donated and match them to the wishlists of the children we serve. Their parents, struggling with trying to find a job, place to live and support their children often can not provide for extras like a birthday celebration or holiday gifts. Your donation will make their holidays special. Thank you so much!