FPSH Celebrates Kwanzaa with Gift Giveaway and More

Harlem, New York — Friends of Public School Harlem partnered with The Migdol Organization, the Marine Toys 4 Tots Program, and The Sojourner Truth Democratic Club on Tuesday, December 29th to celebrate the 4th day of Kwanzaa. The event took place at the Clinton Community Center at 120 E 110th Street.

Families and children attended the occasion in large numbers. Gifts were distributed to children, provided by Friends of Public School Harlem and the Marine Toys 4 Tots program, which generously works to collect new toys for distribution at sponsored events during the holiday season.

Representatives from Scan Harbor were also on hand with educational resources about Covid-19 and to provide supplies related to stopping the pandemic, such as face masks and face shields. The group also had information for community members interested in receiving a free test for the virus.

District Leader Keith Lilly was in attendance along with FPSH Board Member Korey Wise of “The Exonerated Five”, Councilman Bill Perkins, and U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat.

Social distancing and masks were required for event attendees in light of public health precautions.

“We had to do it a little differently, so it was a grab and go gift giveaway,” said District Leader Lilly when speaking to Channel 2 News on event changes made necessary by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Although we did do the lighting of the candles, which was special.”

The Sojourner Truth Democratic Club and its partners have been organizing this Kwanzaa event for more than 20 years. The annual celebration of African-American culture takes place from December 26th to January 1st with each day focusing on one of the seven founding principles of Kwanzaa.

The 4th day is a celebration of the principle of Ujamaa, also known as cooperative economics. The principle focuses on supporting one another and building businesses that can help to benefit the entire community and encourage it to thrive. The principle has been connected to powerful movements for social change in recent years that focus on supporting African-American-owned businesses and other community institutions.

The event was one of many gift giveaways organized by Friends of Public School Harlem and The Migdol Organization this holiday season. The organizations recently held two other highly-attended giveaways partnered with the NYPD and the FDNY.

About the Organization

Founded by President Jerry Migdol, Friends of Public School Harlem is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to support Harlem’s public schools and students. The organization has donated more than $900,000 in supplies in support of this mission and has directly impacted more than 30,000 Harlem residents. The organization also regularly holds events to support the Harlem community, including holiday get-togethers, toy drives, grocery giveaways, and Covid-19 safety distributions.

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