Toys R Us of Middletown donated United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region more than 75 boxes of toys to United Way’s The Children’s Corner for its next Day of Sharing on Friday, March 9th. These toys and children’s items are among the many items available for representatives of nonprofits, faith-based organizations and schools to choose from for their clients. The doors to Day of Sharing open at 10am and close at noon at United Way’s Poughkeepsie office, located at 75 Market Street.
“We wish to extend our deepest thanks to Toys R Us of Middletown for the donation of toys, backpacks, lunch boxes and other items that children will love – and many families cannot afford,” said Melissa Clark, Director of Community Impact. “We know that the families and children that United Way’s Community Partners serve will be able to use these to enhance the lives of children in our area. For many, items like these and others that we provide at Day of Sharing are a luxury, so we cannot stress our gratitude to the businesses and individuals that support our quarterly Day of Sharing.”
For the past four years, United Way’s Day of Sharing has provided donations of new goods to its nonprofit Community Partners. Last year, it opened the Day to faith-based organizations and schools and more than $80,000 worth of basic necessities—bedding, household items, clothing and books— donated by retailers including Bed, Bath and Beyond, Calvin Klein, Harmon Face Values, Van Heusen and others, were offered to our Community Partners partners for their clients-in-need.
United Way realized that there was a significant need in the community that we, as an organization, could help fill for our community partners. School nurses, colleagues at nonprofits and faith-based organizations told us that some of their parents were struggling to diaper, clothe and provide the very basic necessities for their infants, toddlers and young children. To help our community partners in this fight to ensure that all families have the basic necessities they need, Rachel Johnson, Vice President of Resource Development, and Melissa Clark, Director of Community Impact, and their teams came up with the idea of The Children’s Corner. This is a special, dedicated room that stocks these basic necessities for our partners to take as needed for their clients during United Way’s quarterly Day of Sharing and by appointment.
The Children’s Corner will open its doors in an enlarged space on Friday, March 9th, during March’s Day of Sharing, thanks to the generosity of the following individuals, Denise Gorski, Dr. Peter M. Groffman & Ms. Katherine C. Bishop, Steven & Susan Howell, Ken Kosior and John P. O’Shea, foundations including Ann and Abe Effron Fund – Donor Advised of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and The Dyson Foundation, and these organizations, Banana Republic, The Children’s Medical Group, MVP Healthcare, The Poughkeepsie Galleria and offices of Allstate Insurance Agents Patricia Carlucci, Tom McHugh, Justina Tozzi, John Pagan. The room is stocked with toys, diapers, baby and infant hygiene supplies, new and gently used clothing, as well as other items that families desperately need.
“For some clients of our Community Partners, the items that representatives find at Day of Sharing make all the difference in the world,” explained Jazmin Awada, Community Building VISTA. “Whether it is a new suit for a job interview, bedding, curtains or needed kitchen utilities, these items make a huge impact in people’s lives. With the addition of The Children’s Corner, we’ve heard story upon story of how these children’s items are making a difference in families’ lives.”
Day of Sharing operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Any organization that plans on participating in Dayof Sharing must fill out United Way’s Gift-In-Kind Policies and Procedures document, available at the event or online at http://bit.ly/dayofsharing-application. Please note that this program is not open to individuals.