A Puzzling Donation

December is the month most people run around buying holiday gifts for loved ones. But Jack and I have been busy getting gifts for total strangers.  Our family made the decision not to buy gifts for each other this year. Don’t feel bad for us, because we are taking a family trip to Peru instead….

18.9 lbs of Candy for Sick Kids

My brother and I love trick-or-treating. We always celebrate Halloween with the same friends we’ve known since I was five and Andrew was four. In our city neighborhood, some streets close to cars on Halloween evening, which makes trick-or-treating easier and safer. Most businesses also give out candy.  We also go to our friend’s apartment building to trick-or-treat. I came…

Donating Containers

My brother and I like to volunteer at a soup kitchen in our neighborhood whenever we can. For 35 Years, the All Souls church has been feeding 300 people dinner Monday nights. It takes over 100 volunteers a week to make that happen. But this fall I have practice for my school play on Mondays,…

Socktober

The inspiration for our latest act of kindness came from Kid President, a “family project out to change the world.” According to Kid President founder Brad Montague, every night about 600,000 people live on the streets, and socks are the least donated items to most homeless shelters. We know the situation here in NYC is particularly bad,…

School Supplies for PS-83

Imagine trying to do math without a pencil? Or trying to write an English essay without lined paper? Most of us take these school supplies for granted. But at many New York City public schools, students don’t have enough of these items. And it’s hard to do well in school without them. Every year, our…

Holiday Toy Donation

My school organized a holiday toy drive on behalf of the Children and Family Services of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.  The organization donates toys, arts & crafts, dolls, educational games, balls, and more to underprivileged children in New York City. My family donated a number of items, including headphones, some children’s dvds,…

Cooking Oil for Seniors

On Monday, my brother and I donated oil.  No, not heating oil, which would be useful for warming up a person’s home in the cold winter months. And, no, we did not donate motor oil, which is used for transportation.  We donated vegetable oil. You may wonder why we would pick this type of oil…