Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #297
Please Join Us- Paddy Maguire's Ale House/GPBA Toy Drive
To Benefit Children Affected by Hurricane Sandy  
Sunday, December 16th, 5:00-8:00PM
Paddy Maguire's - 237 Third Ave. (at 20th St)
Please bring one new, unwrapped toy and join us for dinner

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Paddy Maguire's Toy Drive
To Benefit Children on Lower East Side
City Council Member Rosie Mendez and GPBA President Arlene Harrison with Escuela Hispana Montessori staff, and the children wearing scarves, gloves and hats donated by neighbors

This year, Paddy Maguire's Ale House Annual Holiday Toy Drive, supported again by The Gramercy Park Block Association, will take place 
Sunday, December 16th, 5:00-8:00PM at Paddy Maguire's at 237 Third Avenue (at 20th Street). 
 
Neighbors are asked to bring one new, unwrapped toy, or if you are unable to come, toys can be dropped off with the doorman at 34 Gramercy East (att: Arlene Harrison) by the evening of Sunday, December 16th.
 
This year the toys will be delivered to 133 children (ages 2-5) at the Escuela Hispana Montessori at 180 Suffolk Street, many of whom had been displaced by flooding from Escuela Hispana's other location at 185 Avenue D.
 
A couple of weeks ago, at the invitation of City Council Member Rosie Mendez, GPBA President Arlene Harrison visited Escuela Hispana Montessori on the Lower East Side to deliver children's winter clothing including hats, gloves and scarves donated by Gramercy Park neighbors.
 
According to Harrison, "The teachers and director were so grateful and moved because they thought 'nobody knows how much we are struggling here.' The GPBA then returned to the school with a busload of supplies donated by friends and neighbors, including heaters, air purifiers, new winter clothing for adults and children, new rugs and bedding, books, educational supplies, and holiday decorations."
 
If you wish to donate to the GPBA's continuing Hurricane Sandy Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund, send checks payable to The Gramercy Park Block Association ("Neighbors Helping Neighbors" in memo) to The Gramercy Park Block Association, 34 Gramercy Park East, New York, NY 10003, or donate online.
 
Escuela Hispana Montessori picking up supplies from Gramercy Park neighbors