Queens church donates to the underserved youth
by Andrew Shilling
Jan 02, 2014 | 3810 views | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(Photo provided by the QCH)
(Photo provided by the QCH)
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Forest Hills teamed up with the Queens Community House (QCH) once again this holiday season to spread some much-needed spirit to children in need.

Members of the church’s “Jesse Tree Project” donated more than 50 wrapped gifts to the Eviction Prevention Program, offered by QCH to advocate for public assistance-eligible families seeking benefits, mediate landlord-tenant matters and help find legal services.

“Through St. Luke’s Jesse Tree Project, members of the church’s parish are able to anonymously brighten the spirits of a child who may otherwise go without any holiday gifts,” said Marilyn Sotomayor, director of Housing and Homeless Prevention at QCH.

QCH, a non-profit agency offering a variety of services to nearly 25,000 children, teens, adults and seniors each year, has reached nearly 1,500 kids in the program this year alone.

“The church parishioners are providing many families with the only gifts that their children will receive this holiday,” Sotomayor said.

Along with their work with QCH, St. Luke’s also works with emergency food pantries to restock shelves throughout the year.

Children at the Church School have decorated a tree for the last 10 years recognizing these families with ornaments marking the names of every child they help.

“The larger gift to those that we serve is the reminder that there are people within our community that care and this is a tradition we hope to continue,” Sotomayor added.

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