New Yorkers Bring Christmas To 25 Families Devastated By Pandemic

NEW YORK, NY — A few weeks before Christmas, Leslie Jirsa posted a question on her Bed-Stuy neighborhood Facebook group — did anybody know a family in need she could help this holiday?

Responses quickly flooded in, but instead of suggestions, neighbors asked if they too could chip in.

Around the same time, a borough away, a group of Queens neighbors were struggling with a similar “adopt a family” idea in what was once New York City’s coronavirus epicenter. Their group, COVID Care Neighbor Network, had no shortage of families in need — 1,000, to be exact — but weren’t sure if they’d have the bandwidth to pull it off.

In a Christmas miracle, neighbors banded together to supply gifts, a tree and a holiday meal to 25 families in NYC’s coronavirus epicenter. (Photos Courtesy of (from top right, clockwise) Leslie Jirsa, Brigit O’Meara, Adriana Diaz, Maria Bergeron, Brigit O’Meara and Maryann Edghil) NEW YORK, NY — A few […]


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