Update: Biafrans Volunteering Alongside NYC-Mayor De Blasio, Sharpton, others, at Al Sharpton Natl Action Network (NAN) on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017 New York[RR]New York-City–Update: Biafrans Volunteering Alongside NYC-Mayor De Blasio, Sharpton, others, at Al Sharpton Natl Action Network (NAN) on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017. In a piece published by NYC-Daily News captioned: “Mayor […]
Update: Biafrans Volunteering Alongside NYC-Mayor De Blasio, Sharpton, others, at Al Sharpton Natl Action Network (NAN) on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017
New York[RR]New York-City–Update: Biafrans Volunteering Alongside NYC-Mayor De Blasio, Sharpton, others, at Al Sharpton Natl Action Network (NAN) on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017. In a piece published by NYC-Daily News captioned: “Mayor de Blasio, Rev. Al Sharpton, ‘Biafrans’ spread Christmas cheer to needy in Harlem, & Mayor de Blasio, Al Sharpton team up to feed homeless and hand out toys to children”, has Biafrans-volunteering (AdaJerusalem, 8, Chichi,6, and Carl. of Umunna’s family, proud biafrans), providing assistance to inner city kids appreciate Christmas day, in 2017.
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Volunteers throughout the city made Christmas a little merrier for those in need — with toys, coats, hot meals and a side of politics.
Mayor de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton joined forces to spread cheer with a holiday meal and toy giveaway at the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem.
“Today feels awesome,” said Raymona Williams, 42, of Harlem, who attended the community meal. “I have tears in my eyes. I have to keep fighting them back. Just to give back, this is just beautiful.”
Her daughter, second-grader Mylan Guinyard, 7, was excited to meet de Blasio. The mayor gave her a Barbie doll.
“You get to open presents and get whatever you want,” said Mylan, who attends Success Academy Harlem 1.
Before the event kicked off, de Blasio touted the city’s historic low crime numbers — and discussed a new goal.
“We’re already the safest big city in America because we have police and community working together now in common cause,” he told those gathered. “I want us to be the fairest big city in America. I want us to be a beacon of fairness and decency.”
Sharpton slammed President Trump’s tax plan and immigration policies during the event.
“I don’t know if you ought be saying Merry Christmas or not, President Trump, because you’re not on the right side of any of those issues,” Sharpton said.
Also in attendance was Corey Wise, the oldest of the five young men convicted in 1990 in the Central Park jogger case. The convictions were vacated in 2002 after another inmate confessed and DNA linked him to the crime.
Asked if he had a word of advice for young New Yorkers spending Christmas behind bars this year, Wise said, “I know it’s easier said than done, but stay strong. If I can do it, you can do it.”
Meanwhile, in lower Manhattan, New York Cares volunteers helped distribute winter coats to more than 150 homeless men, women and children at the New York City Rescue Mission, the oldest homeless shelter in the country.
The needy waited in a long line outside and then made their selection from coats laid out on tables.
Three Luciano children — Genesis, 9, Lucian, 6, and Danielle, 5 — were excited after they each found new coats in their sizes.
They are among the 22,829 homeless children in the city, records show.
“While many of us will receive so much during this holiday season, it is important to remember those who go without even basic necessities,” said New York Cares Executive Director Gary Bagley. “With temperatures dropping, these donations are necessary to help keep our fellow New Yorkers warm.”
The group is aiming to collect 125,000 coats during its annual coat drive to meet the ever-increasing demand.
Those looking to help can donate slightly used, freshly laundered coats at hundreds of locations throughout the city. That includes all NYPD precincts, Penn Station and Grand Central Station until Dec. 31.
Coats are needed for children, women and men, particularly larger men’s sizes.
People can also donate $20 for the purchase and delivery of a new coat by texting “COAT” to 41444.
De Blasio, joined by his daughter Chiara, came to the civil rights leader’s National Action Network House of Justice headquarters with a message of selflessness and gratitude for life’s blessings.
“You look at the consumer culture, it’s about, ‘How can I acquire more,” the mayor said. “This day is about, ‘How can I give more, how can it be less about myself, and more about others?’”
Sharpton, meanwhile, gave de Blasio a heaping serving of political praise, touting the city’s pre-K initiative and declines in the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk, saying that “we have turned the boat around to the right direction.”
The family of Eric Garner, who died in a confrontation with police, broke bread with the crowd.
“(I’m) missing my father a lot,” said Garner’s daughter, Emerald. “Being around a whole bunch of people is what makes us keep going.”
Credit: Daily News NYC