HARLEM, NY – Children at a Harlem public school with a high percentage of homeless students were granted additional vacation on Monday, in the form of a toy donation from a local organization.

The gifts were presented to approximately 100 students of PS 76 A. Philip Randolph, one of two schools presented in a New York Times article last year to have a high rate of housed students. They were donated by The Sled, a network of the mothers this form in response to the article.

Unlike many toy drives, this one gave kids the chance to choose their own gifts. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer stepped in as Santa Claus, who donned a festive red hat for the occasion.

“I was so proud to have played a part in the effort to bring joy to the students of PS 76 today, and other public schools with high ratios of poorly housed students and shelters for homeless people across town helping deliver gifts and care packages from The Sled, ”Brewer said.

Charles DeBerry, Director of PS 76, described the gift as “very exciting for families and staff in our community.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the sled has also helped provide groceries, clothing, coats and furniture to PS 76 families, including those moving from shelters to permanent housing.

After initially focusing on the two public schools featured in last year’s Times article, the organization has expanded to serve six public schools and six family shelters.

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