One woman's generous act this holiday season is sure to inspire you to give, too.
This isn't the first year New York City philanthropist Carol Suchman donated toys to kids in need around Christmastime. This is, however, the first year the former technology company owner bought an entire toy store, which she's donating to the city's Department of Homeless Services.
Suchman's idea to give even bigger this holiday season started when she saw that the Hudson Party Store was for rent. "When I saw all of the toys just sitting in the store, it occurred to me that it would be so great to be able to somehow get them to the kids in the homeless shelters that have so little," she told The Huffington Post.
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So, she negotiated with the store owner, and eventually purchased the store, and everything inside it, including thousands of stuffed animals, school supplies, and toys. Suchman bagged all the items herself to be donated.
"I've been doing this for many years and we have many generous sponsors—people do toy drives and do a lot of giving—but I have to say, that this is the first time anybody ever bought out an entire store and donated to the children of shelters," Antonio Rodriquez, director of special events at DHS, told News 1.
Suchman says she loves giving to the children, many of whom have never received a new gift they actually wanted. The beyond-generous New Yorker says simply, "I know everyone can use a gift around the holidays."
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.