Now that we are officially well into the holiday season, I’m always glad to see the media’s focus go from everything that is wrong with people and focusing instead, on the people that are doing some good. Take, for instance, the story of one woman’s kindness that was reported originally by NY 1 News.
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Carol Suchman tries every year to purchase and donate as many toys as she can for the children of New York City’s homeless shelters. It’s a small act of kindness that goes a long way to bring cheer to children who need it the most. One day Carol was walking past a toy store that featured a “going out of business” sign in the window, and she got an idea. Knowing that she always tries to donate something each year to children, according to Carol, “When I saw this toy store, I just realized I could do it on a grander scale.”
She called the owner of the store and Carol said, “We talked and negotiated and bought the entire toy store.” Yes, an entire toy store, which she then turned over to the Department of Homeless Services. All of the store’s contents, which include thousands of school supplies, toys, and stuffed animals, will be distributed to thousands of children in need.
The director of special events for the DHS, Antonio Rodriguez, said, “I’ve been doing this for many years and we have many generous sponsors — people do toy drives and do a lot of giving — but I have to say, that this is the first time anybody ever bought out an entire store and donated to the children of shelters.”
Carol says that she started buying birthday gifts for foster children years ago as part of her individual approach to philanthropy. “Children is always my focus. A lot of foster kids get a lot of used things and I realized a lot of them never had a birthday gift that they actually wanted.”
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You can check out the full interview with Carol Suchman HERE