There’s no question—the holidays can be an expensive time of year. The stress and trauma of living in poverty is present year round but they can be especially acute at this time of year because all parents want to do the very same thing: make the holidays a joyful time. And children get some of that joy when they receive toys and other treats at this time of year.
The incredible people at the Garden of Dreams Foundation, representing the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden, decided to transform the holidays for 12 Children’s Aid families. On Tuesday, they sent two buses to Dunlevy Milbank Center, collected the twelve families, and sent them north to Mount Kisco, not far from where the Knicks have their practice facilities. When our families got there, they found nearly the entire Knicks team in the back of the store ready to take them on a shopping spree.
Their collective generosity was almost boundless. Families were able to buy bicycles, computers, tablets, sports equipment. They stocked up on clothes, bed linens, and household goods. Someone brought home a not-quite life size storm trooper in preparation for the new Star Wars movie.
Most importantly, the parents and children left the store with mile-wide smiles. They got to meet Carmelo Anthony and Robin Lopez, trade bounce passes with Lance Thomas and Langston Galloway, and get monster truck advice from Kyle O’Quinn.
It was an incredibly special day for our families, and we thank everyone at the Garden of Dreams, Madison Square Garden, and the New York Knicks for making it happen.