Kars4Kids, the haredi car donation program that is controlled by the leadership of and funds Oorah, announced yesterday that they will be hosting their 2nd annual coat giveaway in Newark, New Jersey next week. The event was planned in conjunction with Mayor Cory Booker’s office, and the mayor is expected to attend the event.
After the incredible and overwhelming success of the Kars4Kids coat giveaway in 2010, Kars4Kids teams up with Mayor Cory Booker to keep every child warm this winter.
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Kars4Kids car donation program announced today that they will be hosting their 2nd annual coat giveaway in Newark, New Jersey next week. The event was planned in conjunction with Mayor Cory Booker’s office, and the mayor is expected to attend the event.
"After the enthusiastic response we received last year, we knew we had to do this again in 2011,” said a Kars4Kids spokesperson, “there is so much pain in the economy right now, and everything we can do to ease that pain even slightly is so important.”
Last year’s coat giveaway took place at multiple locations throughout Newark, with lines stretching in some areas for many blocks. To ease congestion and for a smooth distribution, this years event will be held at one central location in the heart of Newark at the JFK Recreation Center 211 West Kinney Street at 11:00 am and is open to the public.
The giveaway comes just as the weather begins to turn colder and winter really starts to take hold on the east coast. “It’s unacceptable to have kids that simply do not have adequate winter wear,” said a Kars4Kids spokesperson yesterday, “ we as an organization and a society have an obligation to do everything in our power to ensure that every child, wherever they live, whatever background, religion, or ethnicity, has a coat that can protect them from the winter weather. We are coordinating closely with Mayor Cory Booker and we hope to see him there, wearing a Kars4Kids T-shirt and helping distribute the coats.”
Local law enforcement agencies will be on hand for crowd control and to ensure orderly distribution. There will be a cordoned off area for media and press representatives
JFK Recreation Center
211 West Kinney Street
Tuesday December 20th at 11:00 am
Kars4Kids has had certain legal issues involving deceptive advertising – acting as if it were a non-sectarian organization when it really funds haredi kiruv, missionary outreach to Jews to convert them to haredism.
I don't know whether or not this coat giveaway is part of the settlement of one of those lawsuits, and I don't think Oorah's cash outlay will amount to more than a very tiny percentage of its budget, but it's still great to see this coat giveaway done – especially at time when about 50% of all Americans are now poor or low income.
Perhaps Kars4Kids can also get some hats, scarves, gloves and warm socks to add to those coats.
And I'll bet that if you make a quick call to Empire, you could get a few hundred turkeys or another Empire product to add to your giveaway. (Focus on protein – it's the most difficult thing for poor people to afford to by, and a lot of poor kids and adults are protein deficient.)
Think out of the box, boys. There a lot of hungry, cold kids out there, and what you're doing will make a big difference.