CACNY appeals for Christmas presents for homeless children

Wrapped gifts that CACNY presented to homeless and other community children last year.

The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) is appealing for the public’s support in order to provide new toys and clothing for 1,000 children in New York City’s homeless shelters and others in the community.

According to CACNY’s Trinidadian-born co-founder Jean P. Alexander, the organization did not anticipate the US’ trade war with China and the closure of Toys R’ Us “would become a Scrooge they have to battle.”

“This makes the group’s Caribbean Holiday Party on Dec. 7 even more important,” she said, stating that, for the first time in 21 years, CACNY will sponsor a special Holiday Event Fundraiser at BKLYN Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave., 2nd floor, Brooklyn, from 9: 00 pm to 2:00 am, to raise funds to purchase needed clothes and toys for the children.

“Since 1998, CACNY has presented over 38,000 gift bags of new clothes and toys to needy children,” Alexander added. “This year, the center needs your help.

“Please support the group’s event by purchasing tickets on Eventbrite at (68803112963) and at CACNY’s Office,” she continued.

Tickets also available at Charlie’s Records, 1273 Fulton St., Brooklyn, and at Tropical Paradise Restaurant, 888 Utica Ave., at Church Ave., Brooklyn.

Alexander said 100 percent of the proceeds from this year’s holiday fundraiser will go towards CACNY’s free youth programs, and the purchasing of toys and clothing “to pack into 1,000 gift bags the group expect to prepare for hundreds of children who live in NYC’s Homeless Shelters and other children in need.”

CACNY says on its website that it provides multi-services to under-served minority youth “to enhance their quality of life by providing and/or facilitating adequate access to economic, educational (STEM & SAT tutoring), training, employment, immigration/citizenship, civic involvement, youth leadership development and other issues.”

For more information, log on to You can also reach CACNY’s Office at (718) 625-1515 or email: caribbean1[email protected]

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