info 08.21.12

First Day New York
Every Person in New York

On the emotionally fraught scale, the first day of school ranks high for a lot of kids. For children living in NYC shelters, it can be traumatic.

Or joyful. That's the mission of First Day New York: through the generosity and care of fellow New Yorkers, the first day can be a happy one, when children arrive with simple but crucial gear such as new shoes, school supplies, and a backpack.

First Day has no office, no staff, no overhead at all. Every penny goes to helping the kids. You can make a tax-deductible donation or volunteer. This year, they have a found a sponsor for every child.

But they still need money for school uniforms ($25), supplies ($50), and backpacks (filled with a new outfit and shoes). Details are here.

What better way to help kids pull themselves up by their bootstraps than by giving them boots?

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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