LES Business Owners Hold Toy Drive for Homeless Kids in Local Hotel Shelters

Posted on: December 21st, 2020 at 5:00 am by

An instance of those in need helping out those in need.

Despite the ongoing financial hardships of 2020, several small businesses on the Lower East Side, along with City Council candidate Christopher Marte, have come together to host a toy drive this holiday season for 200 kids living in local homeless shelters.

The owners of Scarr’s Pizza, Conbody, Stop 1 Grocery Store, LES Set, First Choice Barbers, Cuba Libre, DJ Beyond, and Loisaida Realty each grew up on the LES and remember the challenges of the holiday season for low-income families.

“Coming together with other small business owners to do this shows what the Lower East Side is all about, because there’s always somebody who is worse off than you, and it’s up to neighbors to help each other out,” said Edwin Collado, owner of LES Set.

Though many of these local favorites are treading water, they’ve committed to assisting neighbors in need. Presents for children ranging from infants to teenagers have been collected, wrapped, and are set to be distributed to families living in the hotel shelters throughout the Lower East Side.

“We were told that morale was really low in these shelter hotels, so after coming together we decided to do something about it,” said Coss Marte, founder of Conbody.

“It’s been a hard year for a lot of people, especially with so many businesses being forced to close for so long. But I’m glad a few of us were able to come together and help ease a bit of stress from these parents, and give these kids something to look forward to and enjoy.”

A bright note to end a difficult year.

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