The holidays are arriving early this year for thousands of New York families, as they receive free food, personal care items, clothing and toys in an outreach effort called “Christmas on Merrick” in Jamaica, Queens. This event is expected to be one of the largest toy and gift distribution efforts in Queens, benefiting at least 2000 children and families this holiday season. The event is expected to benefit adults and children living in homeless shelters, foster care, domestic violence shelters, the elderly and those living in poverty.
The distribution took place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday, December 22nd at The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York (110-31 Merrick Boulevard).
In December 2007, the Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake and The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York partnered with the National Basketball Players Association and Feed the Children to feed 10,000 in New York City during the holiday season. The Holiday Food Give Away, “Miracle on Merrick Boulevard” was one of New York City’s largest food give-away events of the year. The event was part of an ongoing effort to alleviate hunger during the holidays, as well as enhance the public’s awareness of the 1.4 million New Yorkers who go hungry every day.
Reverend Floyd H. Flake and The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York will continue its humanitarian effort by hosting “Christmas on Merrick.” Through its soup kitchen, The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York distributes more than 110,000 meals to families in New York each year. Our Thanksgiving Feeding program alone has an annual distribution of over 11,000 meals. “Christmas on Merrick” will afford us another outreach opportunity to connect with our neighbors this holiday season.
“Our responsibility as human beings is to be faithful in responding to the needs of our children,” said Reverend Floyd Flake, pastor of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York. “In giving to them, we give to ourselves.”
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