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Children’s Center and YMCA Temporary Shelter Seeking Donations


New York, NY—During a meeting this evening of Community Board 6, the chair of the Housing, Homeless & Human Rights committee asked the public to provide donations to the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center, as well as the Vanderbilt YMCA temporary shelter.

Carin van der Donk, the chair, said that both facilities are looking for a variety of things that could be very helpful to the children, teenagers and young adults at the Children’s Center and the single adults at the Vanderbilt YMCA.

The Vanderbilt Y, located at 224 East 47th Street, is seeking items that can be enjoyed individually, such as books, jigsaw puzzles, puzzle books (crossword, word search, jumble, Sudoku), as well as arts and crafts, i.e., paper, pens, pencils, crayons, etc.

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“For the Administration for Children’s Services [administered] Children’s Center, especially with Christmas coming around pretty soon, and colder weather, ACS is looking for gloves, hats, warm socks, duffel bags or suitcases so that they can go from ACS to their new placement in style as opposed to with a garbage bag,” said van der Donk.

The Center, located at 492 1st Avenue, is also in need of books for all ages (pre-K through young adult).

It noted that kids particularly enjoy graphic novels, and it has been expanding its collection of books written by Black authors and/or with Black protagonists. Multiple copies are welcomed as it encourages kids to take books with them when they transition. 

If members of the public can provide any of the aforementioned items, they are encouraged to email Community Board 6 at who will notify the public about where to donate and who to contact.

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