One Friday of every month is Gotham Jeans Day, an internal fundraiser for a charity selected from employee suggestions. Past charities have included the Michael J. Fox Foundation and World Vision. Although we usually select only one Charity of the Month, we chose two for November: Wounded Warrior Project and Black Dirt Toy Drive.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.
To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Black Dirt Toy Drive is accepting toys until December 14th. If you’d like to contribute toys or money, you can do so here: http://www.crowdrise.com/BDtoydrive/fundraiser/farasmith.
Some of North America’s most fertile soil lays an hour’s drive from Manhattan in an area known as the “Black Dirt” region of Orange County, NY. This area is both a prosperous suburb and a farm community where local farm workers often face difficult economic conditions. A local church (Vision Community Church) runs ministries like Warwick Community Kitchen and The Clothing Closet to lend a hand to these residents. Each December, these ministries work together to provide toys for the children in the area. This fund is to purchase the toys needed for those children.
For more information on Vision Community Church or Warwick Community Kitchen, please visit www.visiblechurch.org or warwickcommunitykithen.weebly.com.