Friends!!! ♥️ Thank you for taking 5 minutes of your time to take a quick read on how you can #bethemiracle. 167 of the neediest NYC children will be getting their Xmas lists fulfilled this year thanks to the generosity of 700 angels who donated toys, clothes, jackets, gloves, shoes, socks, games, bikes etc…♥️🙌🏽👕👟🚲🎁 These are children who live in shelters and children who are orphans with no parents. These are children who walk to school with no jackets on brutal NY Winter days. 😭These are children who will not get 1 toy this year. 😩 These are children who, if it were not for the generosity of strangers, would have NO hope for the holidays. 😥
Jennifer Scully started “Mrs Claus for a Cause” 8 years ago on Facebook it can be found at Help Mrs. Claus. (516-695-9921 text) She called up the Harlem Downing child welfare agency and asked to fulfill a few children’s holiday wish lists.
The first letter she read the child asked for 1 Barbie. She said I can afford that give me another. The next child asked for a jacket. At that point she was sucked in and couldn’t stop.💓 With very limited funds, she enlisted her friends and family and they ended up answering 30 children’s letters and packed up her whole car and delivered the gifts. From word of mouth the charity started to grow, as more people share and the word got out they have been able to answer more and more children’s needs.
🙌🏽 I saw a post on FB a few weeks ago and was so excited to fulfill a few letters. Then I decided to take my daughters, with another wonderful family, to the wrapping party today at Jennifer’s house this past weekend.
She wasn’t exaggerating when she said there were 1000s of presents needing to be wrapped in every crevice of her house.
For 2 hours we got to work like little elves and wrapped and wrapped and it was an amazing feeling to get my kids involved!
We all gathered around and listened in awe as she told us the story of how she started the program. Since 2010 she has given hope to 2,233 children by having their letters answered with their requests!
Each child deserves to feel special and have the chance to know someone cares about them. AMAZING! 🙌🏽🎁♥️ Get a tissue ready and watch this 6 minute video to hear her story, about how she got started and how it works!
Here is an excerpt from the HELP MRS. CLAUS Go Fund Me Page for the charity.
Thank you so much for the support for the children of Harlem Dowling.
Every penny of the money raised is spent purchasing the children’s gifts, winter coats and if there is any left, it is used toward the children’s Christmas party and food pantry.
This is an enormous undertaking every year and I could not do it without your support. Please spread the word to family and friends. The more resources I have, the more can be done for the children.
Due to the generosity of donors in 2016, every child received a coat and I was able to donate $1,000 to Harlem Dowling’s food pantry which feeds the children.
Share, share, share! And thank you again to the hundreds of Santas and Elves who bring love and joy to NYC’s most vulnerable children every year.”
There are a few presents left that are needed to be fulfilled. 🎁🙏🏽 Most of them are bicycle helmets a few are other presents where the child only asked for one thing. PLEASE PLEASE see if you can make this needy child’s wish come true for XMAS and either Amazon Prime or drop it off to her house. Take a look at the list at the bottom of this page…
Time is running out. ⏳⏳⏳ The absolute last day to get the unwrapped presents to her house is Thursday Dec 14, because the moving truck “is suppose to be” picking up all of the 1000s of presents and 30+ bikes and delivering them for the Children’s Xmas Party in Harlem on Friday December 15.
Ok so here’s the problem 😩😰 …actually 2 problems. 1. the moving truck reneged on their deal and she is truckless for Friday. So I am asking you, friends, does ANYONE HAVE ANY CONNECTIONS ON A TRUCK THAT CAN BE DONATED FROM MORNING TILL ABOUT 730 at night that can start the day in Dix Hills and travel to Harlem. If not I am begging for anyone to open their hearts and donate last minute to her go fund me page so they can rent a truck.
2. Friday Night is the Xmas Party for the children. 🎄🎉 This is very possibly the only Xmas some of the children will have. Jennifer has rented buses and arranged transportation for 100s of these kids AND paid for their entry to Chuckee Cheese AND providing dinner. She needs a minimum of $6500 to make ALL OF THIS HAPPEN! (You can read the breakdown of costs below) If you can’t fulfill a toy list you can donate to the Go Fund me page to sponsor a child or 2 or a few at the party!!! Every penny will go towards the Presents and the Party! 🎉🎁🎄🎁🎄
Friends, I am asking you to open your hearts and help Mrs Claus for a Cause and make this happen Friday for these kids. 2017 has been a crazy year (ugly in many ways, unfortunately we’ve seen a lot of the bad sides of our country, our President l, etc) and this is an opportunity to restore faith in humanity and show that us Americans have BIG WONDERFUL HEARTS! 🇺🇸♥️ There is nothing like a New Yorker, I know we can pull together and make this happen!!!! God Bless you all on the Holiday Season and all the best in 2018! YOU CAN CONTACT HER ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE OR YOU CAN TEXT HER AT 516-695-9921. If you are getting a toy item/helmet from the list please contact her first so she can match you with a child!
STILL NEEDED TO BE FULFILLED:
If anyone has any friends who thought it was too late to help, it’s not! “Along with donations for the party, the following items are still needed to complete children’s lists.”
1 Amazon Fire tablet
3 toddler tablets
PS4 sports games
XBox and games for 8 yr old boy
1. Size 3-5 pink
2. Size 5-8 purple
3. Size 3-5 red
4. Size 8-14 black
5. Size 5-8 pink
6. Size 3-5 pink
Whether you can drop off in Dix Hills or have Amazon Prime, as long as we receive by Thursday, 12/14 these gifts will make it on the truck.
If you would like to donate toward these purchases, I will shop for you.
Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-mrs-claus
Please share. Thank you!♥️ Jennifer “Mrs Claus”
BREAKDOWN OF FUNDS:
Calling all all Elves and Santas! We need some help. While there are no operational costs to what we do, the party where the children receive their gifts costs $6500. Here is the breakdown: The children’s admission to the party is $9 each which gives them tokens to play games and two small slices of pizza. The additional food at the party is $10 per person x 210-250 people. The buses we are renting to take the children from Jamaica and Far Rockaway to Harlem and back is $12 per child. Delivering the gifts is $6 per person. Any of these amounts is appreciated. We have 167 children this year and will have 50 or so adults as well. Any donation amount beyond $6500 that we raise will be used to purchase items the children requested but did not receive from their Santa(s); especially winter coats, , shoes, musical instruments, art supplies, pajamas, tablets, electronic games or learning toys.
Thank you as always for giving so much love to the children of Harlem Dowling!
If you have made it this far, I just want to leave you with this final thought. Imagine on this brutal frigid snowy weekend, there are children who are walking around with no winter coats. None. This was the biggest takeaway of my experience today. I am incredulous that in the year 2017 in NY that this occurs. With all the fundraising and cost drives that go on during the season I guess it is just not enough and that is not ok. My heart bleeds for those less fortunate who are suffering and I will always do whatever I can to bring a smile to someone’s face. ♥️♥️♥️
PS- IF YOU CAN NOT DONATE ANY MONEY AT THIS TIME CAN YOU AT LEAST PLEASE SHARE THIS BLOG POST! THANK YOU! HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND GOD BLESS!