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41 days to our goal to $5,000

November 03, 2012

We have passed the 20% mark and even closing in on the 30% mark. Whenever I get a notification of another donation received, my heart warms. Many donations have occured within a few days but what is even more remarkable is the source of donations are many of my friends and family from New York who have been afflicted by Hurricane Sandy.

 This Hurricane caused countless tragedies, including flooding of homes and cars, burnt down homes, loss of all personal properties and tragically enough there have been at least 12 deaths associated with Hurricane Sandy. In Breezy Point, Far Rockaway over 50 homes were burned down.

 As I watched some of this on CNN from the safety of my home, (ironically enough in the state of Florida known for hurricanes), I felt extremely sad. There was a story of a mother who had her 2 and 4 year old children ripped from her by the powerful winds. Stories of flood levels reaching over 13 feet high. Stories of people experiencing 4 days with no electricity or having to wait on line for over 6 hours for rationed gas. Yet, through it all New Yorkers continue to show resiliency and not only to take care of their own but to think of others first.

 I am extremely proud to be a New Yorker but also very humbled to know that others believe in the STEP cause and mission to willingly donate to our cause in lieu of holding on to their income for themselves and their family. It makes you wonder what causes some to have such an altruisitc spirit. One contributor to the Toy Drive answered it best when she texted me stating “It takes a village!” I interpreted that as we all have to help each other which ever way we can.

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Thank you so much for everything you do and the Christmas gifts. They're over the moon.


Thank you so much for always thinking of my children. It means a lot to me and also them.


Hey. My very good friend will be contacting you in the near future for an appointment. She knows how much you've helped our family.

Mrs. E

Thank you so much. You don't know how much that meant to me and how much of a blessing you are.

Mrs. H

Our most recent toydrive was another success. We received over $8,000 in cash donations as well as numerous toy donations. We were able to put smiles on the faces of numerous children and families. We love being able to provide cheers during the holiday season!