Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) will be hosting a “Project Back to School” supply drive in partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless, providing a drop-off location at his district offices in the weeks leading up to the start of school to help children and families who are in need.
“In this tough economy we must do everything we can to help those struggling the most,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “Our children should not have to go to school empty handed this fall. Just one small donation can go a long way in giving a child the tools they need to start the year right.”
Since 2007, the Coalition for the Homeless, through the support of the community, has been sending thousands of the city’s children – who might have otherwise gone without the basic supplies their classmates have – to school with a backpack full of necessary items, noted Goldfeder.
Assemblyman Goldfeder added that over the past year, New York City’s homeless shelter population soared to its highest levels ever, with more than 43,000 homeless New Yorkers – including a record 17,000 children – bedding down each night in municipal shelters.i
“Now, more than ever, we need to give back, as a community to those who are struggling,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “Increasing the educational success of our children is vital to the future of our community. During the holiday season we came together to donate almost a thousand toys to local families, I hope the community will step up once again and provide our children the supplies they need to succeed in school this fall.”
While any donation is appreciated, “Project Back to School” is looking for specific items for grades pre-K to 12, including:
• pencils (#2);
• pencil boxes;
• washable markers;
• Elmer’s glue/glue sticks;
• composition books;
• coloring paper;
• safety scissors;
• pencil sharpeners;
• pens (black and blue ink);
• pocket folders;
• binders; and
• scientific calculators.
Donations may be dropped off at either one of Assemblyman Goldfeder’s district offices, in Rockaway at 90-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd. or in Ozone Park at 108-14 Cross Bay Blvd., beginning August 20 and running through September 14. For more information about this program or any other important community issues, contact Assemblyman Goldfeder at 718-945-9550.