Help Operation Kids Comfort for Newtown, Connecticut
Residents of Breezy Point, the Rockaways and beyond—many Hurricane Sandy victims—are poised to reach out to Newtown, CT, kids with teddy bears.
Wed Dec 19 2012
Several days after Hurricane Sandy upended the lives of countless New Yorkers in low-lying coastal zones, someone gave the son of Breezy Point resident Maura Buckley, who'd lost her home and possessions in the storm, a teddy bear. The gesture, just one instance of the "support, kindness and donations" she received from people she'd never met, meant so much that when Buckley learned of the Newtown shootings, she felt the visceral need to reach out and do something to comfort kids in the Connecticut town. Thus Operation Kids Comfort was born. Its mission is to collect new teddy bears and other stuffed animals for Newtown children and to deliver them the weekend of December 22 and 23. So far, the group has collected more than 3,000 plush animals. If you'd like to donate one, OKC asks that you give it a name and attach a note with the name of the creature with a ribbon. You can drop it off at any Rapid Realty location, the Ridgewood Savings Banks in Breezy Point and Bay Ridge, or the Activity Center Breezy Point. You can also mail it to Rapid Realty PSN, Attn: Brian Fuller, c/o Operation Kids Comfort, 177 Fourth Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Donations must be received by Friday, December 21. There are plenty more ways to help this project out; contact OperationKidsComfort@gmail.com for more information or go to their Facebook page.