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What is the “Dear Santa” Toy Drive?
The “Dear Santa” Toy Drive, started in 2012 by a group of neighbors that wanted to make a difference, is founded on 3 principles:
“We think we have to do something to be grateful for or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful when gratitude is a state of being.” — Iyanla Vanzant
The simple question of “What are you grateful for” connects us to the positive in our lives, and lessens the hold of negative circumstances. We wanted to remind the children how much they had to be grateful for. Instead, we found ourselves being reminded of how much we have, and how much we have to give:)
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” ~ Disraeli
There were children at the shelter had never received a wrapped gift with their name on it. They were used to hand-me-downs and didn’t feel that they were “special” enough to get something new. We are committed that every child, and person, know that they are special and worthy, regardless of their circumstances. That’s why every child’s “Dear Santa” request is sent right to the North Pole, so that an Elf can pick out the toy that the child asked for.
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou
Our philosophy is that it’s our responsibility as neighbors to help someone less fortunate, if we’re in a position to do so. It’s that simple. This year, we are partnering with the teens and parents in the shelters to serve on the wrapping committees, so that they can be of service, too:)
Last year, the “Dear Santa” Toy Drive made holiday wishes comes true for children, teens, and parents at a local Brooklyn homeless shelter by providing them the children with toys and the parents with toiletry bags. This year, the “Dear Santa” Toy Drive has expanded to two more homeless shelters in Brooklyn! This means that we need your help more than ever:)
With your donation, the “Dear Santa” elves purchase the gifts, wrap them, attach individualized cards and personally deliver the wrapped gifts at a Christmas party coordinated by the shelters.
Thank you in advance for your contribution!
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