Hundreds of kids living in shelters throughout Brooklyn neighborhoods will receive children’s books and pajamas through a private-public partnership between Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso’s city-affiliated charitable organization Brooklyn for All, Inc., Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Book Bodega and Target.
“Every child should be able to enjoy the holiday magic of a cozy winter night in Brooklyn,” Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso said.
“While we build the policies that put long-term, dignified housing within reach for all families in Brooklyn, it’s initiatives like this that can provide relief and comfort in the short term. I’m so grateful to the local organizations, family shelters, and companies who teamed up to spread the joy of a good book and comfy pajamas to local kids living in shelters, and I wish all of Brooklyn a very happy holiday season.”
Distributions began on Dec. 17, at a partnering church in Bed-Stuy. They continued through the month in partnership with eight local organizations and family shelters located across various Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Brownsville, East New York, Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg.
“Offering books in conjunction with pajamas joins the comfort of bedtime with the joy of reading, giving children the chance to connect with their families and households through stories that they’re excited about, furthering their love of reading,” Cecilia Golombek, Program and Volunteer Coordinator at Brooklyn Book Bodega said.