While the economy begins to see moments of progress, hundreds of thousands across the nation continue to struggle with securing permanent housing. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported more than 3,000 individuals were living homeless in the region of Nassau and Suffolk counties, Babylon, Islip and Huntington, New York.
FrontStreet was determined to bring smiles to children during the holidays through toy donation, vetting several worthy local recipients. Up to 100 adults and 200 children reside at HELP Suffolk during any given time, making it Long Island’s largest transitional housing facility.
FrontStreet collected unwrapped toys at its annual holiday party to be donated to families in need. Upon learning that HELP Suffolk’s largest toy donor had announced an inability to contribute in 2013, FrontStreet was grateful for the opportunity to fill the void and delivered its toy donation the very next day.
Through the generosity of its team members, FrontStreet was able to provide enough toys for each of the families in need at HELP Suffolk. While onsite, FrontStreet also developed a deeper relationship with the organization and recognized several opportunities to consistently give to the community.
“This experience makes you take a step back, looking at life and what we have. If you carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, you can be safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
- Andrea Bayard, FrontStreet Community Social Responsibility Committee Member