Alex and Ivan Kalashnikov came to the attention of the Staten Island team of Children’s Aid in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Both boys were traumatized by how the storm affected their home. Their father knew they needed a diversion, so he helped teach them to play classical guitar.
Under the bright sun, about 100 patrons of the Hogs & Heifers Saloon sliced through the brisk wind on the Harley Davidson motorcycles to bring some good cheer to approximately 300 children and their families from The Children’s Aid Society’s Preventive Services Program. This is the third year for the event and it’s become a wonderful tradition that these families really appreciate.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, in the face of some awful winter weather, chefs from the city’s finest hotels and restaurants gathered at the Dunlevy Milbank Center to prepare a fantastic Thanksgiving feast for more than 1,000 Harlem residents—including many families participants in our Early Childhood and School Age programs.
As we approach the coldest months of the year, we are reminded that not every family can afford a new winter coat. Operation Warm was started in 2002 with this in mind—and a goal to see that our neediest children are outfitted with coats to protect them from the harsh winter elements.
Costume company BuyCostumes recently arrived in New York after traveling all the way from Wisconsin as part of a charity tour. Along the way they visited various organizations and groups, donating costumes to populations in need to ensure that everyone enjoys Halloween in style.
As Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues, we would like to remind you of the ways in which the young people we work with are affected by domestic violence. The statistics we presented in our last posting demonstrated the wide-reaching impact of domestic violence. These next facts focus on teens: