Freeport, NY: Rotary Club of Hicksville South (RCHS) held its 6th Annual Winter Giveaway Drive on December 10 at the Caroline G. Atkinson School in Freeport, NY. 400 winter jackets, 250 blankets and 250 sets of hats, gloves and scarves were given away to the families and children in dire need in this winter through various NGOs, churches, homeless shelters, and Hempstead and Freeport Public Schools, under the leadership of Club President, Nilima Madan, Project Chairs Quddus Mohammed and Roopam Maini, and others.
Deputy Consul General of India in NY, Shatrughna Sinha, Superintendent of the Freeport School District Dr Kishore Kuncham, School Principal Gisselle Campbell-Ham, James Clark, Assistant Superintendent for Special Program of Hempstead School District graced the event and expressed appreciation for the donations especially during these pandemic times.
The representatives of the recipient organizations also spoke in appreciation of fulfilment of the needs of desperate families. They all praised RCHS’ ongoing philanthropic efforts throughout the year, especially this year during this pressing time.
Freeport School District received 250 children’s good quality winter jackets for all ages; Hempstead School District got 100 such jackets and organizations like SACSS – South Asian Council for Social Services were given 125 blankets and 125 sets of accessories plus 30 similar jackets. Domestic Harmony Foundation was given 50 blankets and 50 sets of accessories. United Methodist Church of Hempstead received 25 blankets and 25 sets of accessories plus 10 jackets. Asian Services at Thai Temple got 25 blankets and 25 sets of accessories plus 10 jackets and Kingdom Family Ministry received 25 blankets and 25 sets of hats-gloves-scarves.
Due to Covid19 restrictions, limited attendance in-person was allowed. The event was broadcast via Zoom and Facebook and watched by many.