By Carol Tannenhauser
On Thursday, WSR announced a four-day donation drive to secure essential items for the asylum seekers who have been “shipped” to New York City by the cynical governors of Texas and Arizona.
Well, NYC has proven itself to be a true “sanctuary city,” finding shelter and food for more than 7,000 people in the city homeless shelter system. One shelter is on the Upper West Side, and many of its children are already enrolled in and attending school at PS 145, on West 105th Street, where the donation drive was held.
Now, school officials are saying, Enough, Basta, Dayenu! They are overwhelmed with donations and must regroup.
“Due to the overwhelming response thanks to the great publicity from the West Side Rag and Council Members Gale Brewer and Shaun Abreu, we have more than we are able to handle and we are unable to take more items,” wrote Lauren Balaban, VP Fundraising, PS145 PTA. “Sunday will be a sort and organize day. Please reach out to Volunteers of America for information about monetary and other donations. Thank you for all your incredible support.”
Thanks to Rich Robbins for the tip.
Save the donations. You realize thousands enter the US every day? I’m sure AZ and Texas will continue the bus program. 7,000- it should be 700,000.
Oh no! I was all packed to arrive at the school tomorrow Sunday. Please keep us updated.
The school is overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and is taking a short pause on accepting anything directly while they sort through items and get them distributed. In the meantime, Volunteers of America is equipped process more items. Stay tuned for updates from P.S. 145 in the near future. Thank you all!
I just bought $100 new clothes Marshall’s to take to West Park hotel today, they refused it, saying no longer accepting donations. What to do with it now. I took all tags off!
Go to your local “Buy Nothing” website and offer to give away. It’s easy to find a home
for almost anything there.
There are a lot of hardworking NYC residents who can barely afford food and rent not to mention clothing. I normally post an ad on Craigslist.
You can bring it to the school (PS 145) on Monday morning. A lot of the donations throughout the week although appreciated were in pretty bad condition and not fit to be distributed. If you bought new items, those would be infinitely appreciated by the families.
Here’s something from BP Mark Levine.
Hold on to them–I imagine there will need to be other drives in future
Since there may be other people who prepared donations who don’t want to hold onto them indefinitely until they might be accepted again, can anyone post places or organizations that could use those donations right now? There are clearly other people in need so even if you intended to help these asylum seekers there are others who will be equally grateful for your donations.
Too bad no one cares about homeless citizens.
There are thousands of homeless families served by NYC’s Department of Homeless services. WIN/Women in Need is one of the non-profits which operates NYC family shelters.
So just to be clear, NY and other liberal states dictate immigration policy to border states, then complain when those states make them share in the responsibility of the migrants. Way to describe them as “cynical”.