Project Elf

WCC is Helping for the Holidays

World Cares Center is working with Ready Rockaway, Senator Sanders and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway Queens to transform the St John’s Community Center into a Winter Wonderland. Each child will receive a holiday gift while their parents receive information about the supports and services available in their local community. Through Project Elf, we will distribute not only presents for children but critical information that can improve lives. We have well over 1,000 children signed up for toys this year and we anticipate the number to grow as the holiday season progresses. Your contribution delivers not just cheer and joy, but potentially lifesaving holiday hazard prevention education.

Holiday decorations are a part of many celebrations and holiday observances but fire safety is often overlooked. Decoration fires spike in December with candles as the heat source in nearly 40% of the fires so along with toys we are delivering lifesaving tips.

$25.00 will provide one child with a day of joy, holiday games, and refreshments, as well as one Toy or gift card and household hazard prevention education for the entire family. Sponsorship and corporate volunteer opportunities are available.

Project Elf Haiti

On 4th October 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck the Republic of Haiti, leaving a trail of destruction across the island nation.

The hurricane brought about the country’s most severe humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake, causing loss of life, extensive flooding and mudslides, damage to critical infrastructure, and devastation to agriculture and other sources of livelihood.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), over 2.1 million people have been affected, of which 1.4 million require urgent humanitarian assistance, and there have been more than 3,700 suspected cases of cholera (as of 2nd November).

The government of Haiti has confirmed 546 fatalities, 132 missing, and 438 injured in the wake of the hurricane (as of 2nd November).

World Cares Center began collecting donated goods and preparing to deploy. On October 29,2016 World Cares Center, its Haiti team, and Peace Boat trained 80 local leaders from Jeremie in Disaster Management and Cholera Prevention. The followings days included the provision of WCC donated hygiene kits as local leaders implemented the process and structure they learned the previous day.

With your support we will return to those villages to deliver personal life straw into the hands of a child and provides cholera prevention training that does not have access to clean water.

How You Can Get Involved

1. Make a financial donation – 25.00 will one Toy or gift card and household hazard prevention for one child. Please donate what you can afford. $500.00 Provides snacks for the day or one water purification system for a village of 400.

2. Conduct a holiday toy drive in your office or school Drop off your new, unwrapped gifts at World Cares Center, 520 8th Avenue, NYC, NY 10018 Monday-Friday from 10-4pm

3. Purchase a gift from our registry on Amazon.com

4. Volunteer to help wrap gifts, decorate, be a Santa, a Mrs. Claus, or an Elf! Corporate volunteer opportunites are available, contact support@worldcares.org. Update: All of our volunteer slots for 2016 are filled!! Please sign up to be placed on our early call list for 2017!

History of Project Elf

This will be World Cares Center’s third project Elf! When Superstorm Sandy struck, WCC sprang into action to coordinate the spontaneous volunteers who arrived to help their neighbors. Our sites in Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, and Staten Island were located in the heart of affected neighborhoods, which enabled WCC to get help to those most in need. It has been two years since Superstorm Sandy, and our work in these communities is hardly over. Children are still recovering from the devastating financial and emotional impact that Sandy left behind.

WCC, along with our partners, hosted “Project Elf” – a day of festivities for those that have lost their homes and possessions due to disasters. WCC, worked with Disaster Case Managers to identify the families and children most in need and invite them to join us for a fun filled day of activities. Each child received a gift while their parents were informed of the supports and services still available to them in their local community. So much has been taken away from so many of these children. Our goal is to give back through presents, joy, and celebration.

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