Stacy Davidson, owner of on East Main Street in Port Jefferson put out a call for new children's clothing and toys or gift cards for donations at her shop.
The items will go to answer the direct clothing needs and toy requests of 4,000 of Long Island’s less fortunate children living in homeless shelters, temporary foster care, Child Protective Services, sober houses, teen mother homes and domestic violence safe houses this year. According to Davidson, last year she helped fulfill the needs of 50 of these children. She said that this year, her goal is 75.
"What started originally back in 1985 as a small, private gesture of a local attorney from Port Jefferson has evolved into a highly spirited program involving the generosity of men, women and children from all over Long Island," said Davidson in an email.
If you have any items to donate, drop them off at Pattern Finders or go in to adopt a child and purchase something from a specific clothing and toy request.
Davidson said that she has actual letters from the children with their clothing sizes and requirements and toy requests.
"Last year, many parents were begging for no toys to be purchased as the clothing needs were so critical for the children," she said.
Like all holiday magic, nothing could get done without helpers. Davidson said that the village is filled with people who assist with this cause:
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