Having to resettle or navigate a significant wave of economic insecurity, many families are in need of warmer coats and winter accessories. Every year, the IRC in NY hosts a Drive to support refugee and immigrant families preparing for the winter season. This year’s Holiday Drive was met with excitement and joy.
With the Holiday Drive hosted in-person, it offered the opportunity for families to fully experience each section. Thanks to the IRC in NY’s numerous partners and donors, the IRC in NY was able to collect coats, winter accessories, clothing, and hygiene essentials. There was a sense of delight and joy, that echoed through the IRC in the NY office, both from the clients and NY staff. At the drive, clients were able to bring their family members to comfortably try on a new pair of sneakers or coat. Morning and afternoon session were made available within the 6-day period (December 8-December 13), to accommodate for work and school schedules.
A very special gift was a featured favourite, toys! Children were especially excited to choose from a wide selection of new toys (for ages 0-12) and gift cards for teenagers. Children were running around the toy lobby, sifting through gift boxes for their new favourite toy. There were sensory games for toddlers, arts& crafts, science kits, board games, books, and many more games!