NEW YORK — A New Yorker is giving back to homeless children this holiday season by donating thousands of toys to shelters across the city.
Carol Suchman, a Manhattan resident and philanthropist, has been buying and donating toys from the Hudson Party store to children in the Brooklyn foster system for years.
But this year she took it a step further.
When Suchman learned the store was shutting down, but was still filled with toys, she called the shop owner and negotiated a price to buy the entire inventory.
She wouldn't disclose how much she paid, but soon after she got in touch with the New York City Department of homeless services to organize, bag up and distribute the toys to shelters across the city.
According to the Coalition for the Homeless, as of September, There are almost 24,000 homeless children sleeping in its shelter systems in New York City.
Now thousands of toys, which include puzzles, stickers, games and stuffed animals for kids of all ages, will be given out to children for the upcoming holidays.