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For the past 20 years, officers from the MTA’s Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority have teamed with the New York Foundling Hospital on an annual toy drive. The Foundling Hospital helps young mothers and children with special needs.
Less than a week before Christmas, a second grade class from a Bronx charter school received gifts from TBTA officers, clad as Santa’s helpers. One-third of the children are in foster care.
It’s a crisp Friday at 9 a.m. near Tompkins Square Park and there’s already more than a dozen hungry New Yorkers queued along Avenue A. The food won’t arrive for another hour, but the men and women on line know what’s coming is well worth the wait.
Food For Life has been serving hungry New Yorkers at Avenue A and E. 7th Street every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning since 2005. While many of the people who gather are homeless, local residents with financial difficulties also come because the food is free, healthful and tasty.
“I try to go to other places but the food isn’t as good, it’s always fresh here. That’s hard to find when you can’t afford to buy food,” said Mark Estan, 42.
A group of friends were meeting at the Filthy Rich Barbershop in Woodside to discuss what they could do to help with the relief effort in the Philippines. They settled on the idea of raising money through individual donations and fundraising events, setting a goal of $10,000 to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
But there was a problem: How could they be sure the money would go to the right place?