We all fall on hard times. It happens to the best of us.
If you’ve ever been there, yourself, as we have, you’ll know there’s nothing to be ashamed of being in need. Nor reaching out for help. If you’ve had the good fortune and privilege of avoiding need, that’s something to be thankful for.
Many struggling families who receive clothing from us are kind enough to donate their kids’ outgrown clothing to us. “We All Help Each Other” is our mantra, and we life by it.
We all keep our communities strong. You don’t need to be in the best position to help. It just takes a little effort.
Some parents work and can’t meet expenses. Some Moms are fleeing a physically abusive husband. Other families are political refugees from countries in turmoil seeking asylum. Many people are on disability and cannot work.
No child deserves to shiver, or feel ashamed because they own one pair of jeans. Regardless of your political views, or how you feel about charity, you have to agree that children are innocent and do not deserve to suffer under the weight of poverty.
Even if you believe people should “pull themselves up by their own bootstraps,” and have no appreciation for other people’s life situations, there’s no way a child can affect their parents’ economic condition, or are in any way responsible for their own condition.
The donation of clothing to families in our community that could use help is an important goal of Assertive Kids. We aim to connect families with clothing, new and used, on Staten Island, Brooklyn, in Northern New Jersey, and in Philadelphia.
If you have clothing to donate through our Foundation, please call us and we will arrange for prompt pick-up on Staten Island or in Northern New Jersey. You can easily donate clothes on Staten Island and beyond to help our efforts.
Here’s a map of the work we’ve done so far:
This following is a list of our activities undertaken in this regard:
The Ramapough Lenape Native Americans in Mahwah, New Jersey, were provided with clothing for boys and girls, as well as clothes for men and women. The Lenape peoples were the original inhabitants of Staten Island, and the region, and were removed from their land . The breakdown for the donations is 473 pieces, including pants, shirts, skirts, dresses, jackets & coats, and shoes.
A mom living with her teenage daughter and baby boy in St George was given clothes for her daughter, and several baby items including a baby bathtub and booster seat, a humidifier, and several other items.
A family living in Port Richmond received clothing for their younger son, as well as clothing for their older boy, pictured below.
A father living with his two sons on South Avenue, Staten Island, received clothing for the two boys, including jeans in junior’s sizes and shirts. The father wrote, “Thank you for your support and assistance.”
A family living on Richmond Terrace in Port Richmond, Staten Island, received clothing for a girl, size 4T, a boy, size 4T, and another girl, size 16. The kids’ grandmother wrote, “It is a blessing to have someone to reach out for the needy.”
A kids clothing donation on Staten Island to a family in New Brighton helped the family with their toddler boy, wearing 7T, a girl wearing 10-12, and a girl who wears 14-16. The kids’ Mom wrote, “I really appreciate these donations. I’m a single Mom with 8 kids and it really helps my family.”
A Mom living in St. George, Staten Island, received clothes for her children, a newborn boy, and an older girl, size 5 juniors. The Mom left us this feedback, “Thank you so much for the help. GOD bless.”
A donation of clothes on Staten Island, in Elm Park, helped the family with boys clothes, size 14-16, and girls clothes, size 10-12. The Mom wrote, “Muchas gracias por su gran ayuda Dios los vendiga.”
A family living in Travis/Chelsea on Staten Island received clothing for their older boy and assorted baby accessories (bathtub, bottles, car seat, etc.) and clothes for their newborn baby girl. The mom wrote “Heather is the one who helped me get items for me and my son. Great worker.”
A family in Mariner’s Harbor received clothing for their older boy and juniors small for another child (not pictured, these are their other kids).
A family living on Arlington Avenue, in Arlington, Staten Island, received bundles of clothing for their girl, size 3T, and twin boys, size 12. A puzzle toy was also given to the family’s boy. The children’s Mom wrote, “I really appreciate this donation, me and my children are very grateful.”
A family living on Bement Avenue in West Brighton, Staten Island, received clothes for her toddler, size 4. The girls’ Mom wrote, “I am currently suffering a hard time right now due to this pandemic. It helps me tremendously for my girls.”
A family living on Lockman Avenue in Mariner’s Harbor, Staten Island, received clothes for their oldest girl and son. The kids’ Mom provided this written feedback: “I really appreciate all of your help.”
A family living on Lockman Avenue in Mariner’s Harbor, Staten Island, received clothes for their three youngest girls, as well as three pocketbooks and three pairs of sunglasses, and three puzzle balls. A blueberry pie was also provided for the family. Their Mom wrote, “I really appreciate the help with clothing for my family.”
A family living on Port Richmond Avenue, in Port Richmond, Staten Island, received a lot of clothing for their two boys, size 5-6, and 7-8, and one girl, recently brought from foster care, size 7/8. The kids’ Mom wrote, “Thank you very much.”
-A family on Mersereau Avenue in Mariner’s Harbor, Staten Island, received bundles of clothing for their two daughters, sizes 5-6, and 6X-7. The girls’ Mom provided this feedback, “I seen the ad posted on craigslist, as a mother of 5 I was in dire need of clothing for them. I appreciate any/all help, thank you!!”
-A family in Arlington on South Avenue, Staten Island, received clothing for her daughter, in size 7/8. The Mom wrote, “Thank you so much. I’m very grateful. Thanks. :)”
-A family in New Brighton at Jersey Street and Hendricks Street, Staten Island, received clothing for five kids, 37 items in size 4T, 20 items size 5/6, 16 pieces of clothing size 8/10 girls and a Paw-Patrol schoolbag, and 7 items of boys size 8. Also donated were three mugs and a bottle of perfume.
The children’s uncle wrote, “For my nephew and nieces. This was a great thing for you to do for my house. Really appreciate it.” The kids’ Mom wrote, “Yes, I’m very thankful and fulfilled with the amount and quality of everything! My children will have clothes they can fit now and grow into. We are very thankful to Heather and everyone involved for helping my children have summer and winter clothes. Thank you! We are going through everything right now. Thank you so much.” (March, 2020)
-A family from Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn, received clothing for three children: 20 5/6 girls, 25 boys 4T/5T, and 40 girls 14/16 items. The Mom commented, “I’m not working.” (March, 2020)
-A family from Harlem, Manhattan, received a lot of 40 pieces of clothing, girls size 4/5T, as well as four toys and a coat. The child’s Mom stated, “I’m not working & need it for my baby girl.” (photos soon) (March, 2020)
-A family from Harlem, Manhattan, received a lot of 76 clothing items size 5/6, a winter coat, and seven toys, for a daughter. According to the Mom, “I needed this help. And GOD blessed me with these items.” (photos soon) (March, 2020)
-A family in East New York, Brooklyn received a lot of 49 pieces of 10/12 clothes,and four pairs of sneakers and shoes, for two daughters, an a lot of 28 Boys clothes and two zippered coats, size 5/6 for a son.
The Mom said,”I am a single disabled mother of 3 children and can really use the clothes for my daughters. Last month my husband shot me in the face almost killed me and left me with nothing. Took all money and left us with no food either…I appreciate all given to my kids.”
-A family in New Brighton, Staten Island, received a lot of 18 boys clothes size 7/8, and a bundle of 32 pieces of 7/8 girls clothes for her two daughters. The kids’ Mom had this to say, “Very helpful while I’m out of work. Thank you.”
-A family in Port Richmond, near Richmond Terrace, on Staten Island, received a lot of 48 size 7/8 girls clothes. According to the Mom, “I’m a single mother who receives SSI.” Date: March 8, 2020
-A family in New Brighton by Jersey Street, on Staten Island, received a bundle of 45+ clothes items, size 7/8 girls. The Mom had this to share, “I receive public assistance and am thankful.” Date: March 8, 2020
-A family in Park Hill, Staten Island, received a lot of 5/6 girls clothes, 60+items. The Mom had this to say, “I appreciate you guys so much. Thanks for your help.” Date: March 3, 2020
-A family in Passaic, New Jersey, received a bundle of over 40 items of girls’ clothing on Friday, February, 28, 2020. According to the Mom, “We come from Venezuela and we are waiting for political asylum in the US.”
-A family living on Hendricks Street in New Brighton (by Jersey Street), Staten Island, received girls’ clothes on February 15, 2020, 25 items including a new-with-tags Mint Girls brand winter coat.
-A family residing on Stanley Avenue (by Jersey Street) in New Brighton on Staten Island received girls’ clothes on Feb 9, 2020, including a lot of 45 excellent-condition used clothing.
-A family living in the Dongan Hills Berry Homes on Staten Island received girls’ clothes on Feb 7, 2020, including about 45 pieces of used clothes, and a brand-new winter coat.