Within the first month of becoming established we initiated and held the first of our Annual Back-to-School Events. Initial contributions came from family and friends which allowed us to give to over 50 students. Since then we have been helping hundreds of children and the number grows each year.
During the course of our annual toy drive, we were asked to participate in the First Annual Child Development Center Holiday Extravaganza in Paterson, NJ and have been partnering with them ever since.
Every year we are excited to partner with Operation Christmas Child and work in the distribution center to sort Christmas boxes for children in need.
Within the first month of becoming established we initiated and held the first of our Annual Back-to-School Events. Initial contributions came from family and friends which allowed us to give to over 50 students who lived local and in our neighboring communities. Letting the children choose their bookbags and fill it with needed school supplies was exciting to watch. The anticipation for the new school year was undoubtedly shared by everyone who attended. We later received a letter thanking us and letting us know the effects of our giving. “I am so grateful for all that was given to me, you would never know how much it means to me. Being evicted at the time and struggling with the stress of school being around the corner was even more while providing for 4 children. When I received the school supplies and bookbags, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I really hope and pray that one day I am able to give back”. Helping families like this is why we will continue to host a Back-to-School Event every year. We are consistently gearing up to ensure that each year becomes an even bigger success.
Throughout the years we helped where we could. When a nearby family lost most of their belongings because of fire damage, we were there to help. Within hours we gathered items and collected funds to aid them in their time of need. We later found out that it was the small gesture of giving a new book bag and school supplies that helped relieve a child’s deep concern about returning to school because her book bag was destroyed in the fire. Besides helping families, we have often assisted local organizations who have extended a helping hand throughout our community. For instance, we donated 100 new books to the Hillburn Senior Citizens to be added to their existing library. We supplied candy to aid in the Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Event for the children attending the after school program at the Michelle A. Noel Youth Center. During the summer months we are providing snacks and novelty items to children attending summer programs in our community, and to the children of the Nyack, New York location of All Rockland Kids, Powertime Ministry.
Our After School Scholarship is in memory of our co-founder Thomas R. Scott. Thomas had a vision that helped to initiate our corporation which was created to help others in need. Thomas was a tremendous advocate for our Annual Back-To-School event and he loved speaking to parents and giving out school supplies knowing that he was making a difference in their lives. He believed in our cause and worked diligently to ensure its success. In 2016, Thomas was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer and although he suffered physically he never failed to invest in helping others.
The Thomas R. Scott Scholarship will sponsor children participating in the After School Program located at the Hillburn Youth Center which is filled with children from the community where he lived and served.