TFH Celebrates the Holidays with Candy Cane Lane

TFH Celebrates the Holidays with Candy Cane Lane

At The Floating Hospital, there’s a story behind every smile. Since 2008, TFH has helped make the holidays special for everyone with our annual Candy Cane Lane event. The event, which was first put together eight years ago, has grown exponentially thanks to our generous community who have embraced the holiday spirit to make December memorable for everyone. Families and the Long Island City community were treated this year with thousands of new toys, books, and clothing for children of all ages.

Since its early beginnings, Cynthia Davis, Director of Community Outreach at TFH, has carefully organized this event, creating a place for homeless families to go and shop. “We want to evoke the feeling that this is not a charity but a truly, honestly positive experience,” says Davis. Children participating in Candy Cane Lane get to pick out their new toys and clothing.

These donations came from many generous organizations and individuals:

  • Citi Bank; who volunteered and donated toys, goodie bags, clothes, hats, and gloves;
  • CVS Health, who gifted 100 gift cards;
  • The Pajama Program, who donated more than 1,300 pajama sets as well as 70 blankets;
  • The United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU), who held a toy drive and volunteered;
  • Project Sunshine, who donated toys and books,
  • Fresh Direct, giving shopping bags for families to hold their new gifts;
  • United Healthcare, who held a toy drive and volunteered at CCL;
  • Woodbine
  • The English Language Center, Lorraine Linton of the New York State Education Department, JetBlue’s Finance Department, Bank of America and Wellcare, who each held toy drives;
  • The NYC Department of Health and Hygiene, who donated books, gift cards and toys;
  • Sarah Frazier from the Women’s Information Network (WIN), who donated books with stuffed animals;
  • The Queens Adult Career and Continuing Services, who donated toys, clothes, hats and gloves;
  • P.S. 101Q The School in the Gardens, the children of whom gave toys, clothes, and personal handmade picture frames;
  • Mrs. Ann Otto, who personally crafted 25 hats
  • LPL Financial, who donated coats;
  • Pinnacle Realty for their financial support;
  • Elana Walloch of FirstService Residential, who gifted toys;
  • The Saint Paul’s Episcopal church Montrose Pa, Montrose United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, Christ the King Lutheran Church, and especially Mary Ann Dewitt, Jeanne McGranahan, Helga Kunow and Ann Davenport, who all gave amazing gifts of new and handmade winter clothing;
  • Goodwill Industries, who donated hats and scarves;
  • TFH Staff, family and friends who gave toys;
  • SupercommunityLIC, who truly got in the charitable spirit by volunteering at CCL, having donated new clothes, hats, scarves, coats, feminine products, diapers, books, gift cards, and more than 800 toys to CCL;
  • Jessica Kim, who held a fundraising raffle for CCL;
  • Jenny Fox, a Brooklyn mother who held a toy drive among her friends;
  • Joe Gabriel, an NYC videographer who created a video for CCL;
  • Gift cards received donated by SupercommunityLIC and Citi for: JCPenney, Old Navy, Amazon, Whole Foods, Walmart, Forever 21, Starbucks, Sephora, AMC Movie Theatres, Regal Movies Theatre, Target, Subway, Apple iTunes, and Visa Cash Cards;
  • Malik Yoba, a celebrated actor known for his starring role on New York Undercover as well as Empire and Cool Runnings, who spent a day volunteering with his daughters at Candy Cane Lane;
  • Entertainment One, who donated teddy bears;
  • 15 LIC Businesses who held community toy drives:
  • 51st Bakery
  • Modern Spaces on Vernon Avenue
  • The Gantry Park Landing
  • 1 Hunters Point
  • Optimeyes
  • Pharmacy on 50th Street
  • UPS
  • Chelsea Pediatric Dentistry
  • Communitea
  • Tiger J. Takewondo
  • Woodbines
  • MiMi & Mo
  • Tailor Made for You skin Care
  • 5SL
  • Lolly’s

 

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