Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano applauded the efforts of Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way Inc. for once again coming to the aid of residents in need after a tragic fire roared through a Hempstead apartment building and took the lives of two people and displaced many more from their homes and belongings. The fire took place towards the end of the 2013 blizzard on February 9th at 6:00 a.m. - forcing hundreds of residents from adjoining buildings in to the bitter cold. Many evacuees, some still in pajamas and wrapped in blankets, stood in the cold with more than 70 residents taking shelter at a recreation center at Kennedy Park.
County Executive Mangano, having worked with Executive Director Bob Eslick, asked for the assistance of Kids Helping Kids. Bob Eslick’s response “give me 24 hours and let me see what we can do to secure warm winter apparel to help the families affected by this tragedy”.
“We are all so thankful for the heroes of Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way Inc. and the vendors who have come to the aid of our residents once again by providing them brand new warm apparel to help them through this traumatic time,” said County Executive Mangano. “Most often in the darkest of times we see the best that human kind has to offer and I truly appreciate their generosity.”
Within the day several longtime winter apparel supporters of the Kids Helping Kids “Making a Warmth of Difference” winter apparel program stepped up to the plate and told Bob “we will do whatever we can to help Kids Helping Kids and those you serve”. One importer alone, 5-Star Apparel-Executive Albert Pardo, jumped on board and shipped well-over 700 units valued at $29,000 MSRP in branded fleece tops and bottoms. Eslick said “the generous support of 5-Star and Albert Pardo over the years has been invaluable” and Nassau County residents have been blessed by their generosity.
For more information on Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way Inc., please call 516-249-9449 or e-mail Kids Helping Kids at HappyKidsClub@aol.com.