With temperatures dropping and as a result of a bruising economy, the demand for warm coats for those in need is greater than ever. In an effort to get as many children as possible the proper winter apparel, the Town of Hempstead has partnered with Kids Helping Kids, by Kids Way, Inc., a local non-profit organization with various local social service groups that assist the needy.
“I’m delighted that the Town of Hempstead was able to facilitate an association between this wonderful organization and local groups that can distribute a vast quantity of warm apparel to those who truly need it”, stated Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “With the chronically depressed economy taking its toll on families, the importance of getting warm coats to families is more important than ever. Just in time for Christmas, thousands of young people will now be able to enjoy the “warmth of the season.”
The Salvation Army in Hempstead, Nassau County Social Services and the Education and Assistance Corporation were among the recipients of thousands of brand new winter coats and warm outerwear provided by Kids Helping Kids, through its Making a Warmth of Difference Program. A media event announcing the availability of new coats was attended by Murray, Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Kids Helping Kids President Bob Eslick and other Kids Helping Kids officials, sponsors of the program, County Executive Ed Mangano and representatives for the organizations receiving the new apparel.
Now in its eighth year, Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. has distributed thousands of “new only” winter coats and warm outerwear to area children, with a value of over $1 million. This year alone, the organization has received close to $200,000 worth of new outerwear, fleece, infant and toddler apparel and more. “When we talk about ‘Making a Warmth of Difference’ the beneficiaries are not only the kids, but their families as well, economically speaking, as they don't have to go out and spend limited and valued income on winter related apparel,” stated Bob Eslick, Executive Director of Kids Helping Kids.
“This is a wonderful program that helps so many in our local communities who need it,” said Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am so pleased to be here to help spread the word to residents that these coats are available.”
Due to the generosity of clothing importers such as High Life Apparel, Adjimi Apparel Group, Haddad Brands, Long Street, G& W Industries and Mecca 5 Star, Kids Helping Kids has received to date 2500 units of apparel to be distributed to needy families and their children throughout Long Island and surrounding areas. In addition, because of the financial support from Claudio Zarate of Empire Bakery Equipment and Angelo Giannuzzi of Tesoro Restaurant and the generosity of Joe DiFiore of Monreale Bakery, who has donated the use of his trucks to make all the deliveries, area kids in need will have a truly warm holiday season. The press conference was held at Millennium Toyota in Hempstead, a longtime supporter of Kids Helping Kids, by Kids Way, Inc.
“Thanks to Bob Eslick of Kids Helping Kids, thousands of young people will have a warm feeling all over this holiday season,” concluded Murray.