Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Ronnie Cortes and Kevin Garcia had a system.
While Cortes, 19, worked six hours at a minimum wage job, followed by six hours of high school, Garcia, 20, watched their infant son in the mornings. Then he’d head to work at a nearby supermarket, and a friend’s mom took over the babysitting.
After picking up Mason, Cortes cleaned the half of the room the three share with Garcia’s sister and her child. Then came homework, until 2 a.m. or later.
But recently, their house of cards collapsed.
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
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.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Santa Claus showed up early at New York Presbyterian Hospital, riding an FDNY fire truck. Every year, as he gets ready for his Christmas run, St. Nick teams up with the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation to deliver gifts. Firefighters became carolers as the group visited the Hearst Burn Center and pediatric floors at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health, spreading holiday cheer.