WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains will be donating shoes and sneakers to Haiti as a part of “Make A Difference Day,” which is the “largest national day of community service,” according to a press release from the city.
“We have a large Haitian population here in the city of White Plains,” said Frank Williams, executive director of the White Plains Youth Bureau. “As a city, we’re concerned still about children in Haiti who have been impacted because of the hurricane – to continue to do what we can do to help those children.”
Williams said donating the footwear to poverty-stricken Haiti will help many children.
“What we’re trying to do is to remind people in that country, children are still poor and needy and need help,” he said. “They’re children who still lack certain necessities and even something as simple as a pair of shoes because of the poverty there. We can make a little bit of a difference in donating shoes to children in Haiti.”
He also credited Mayor Thomas Roach for the White Plains Youth Bureau’s involvement in the event.
“The mayor has encouraged us to be concerned not just about the kids in the city, but to be concerned about all kids,” Williams said. “As a city with a diversity of kids from all cultures and backgrounds, we’re concerned about the plight of children all over the world.”
The shoes and sneakers will be going to the Help Children of God non-profit organization based in Haiti. People can drop off their “gently used or new” shoes and sneakers at the White Plains Youth Bureau, 11 Amherst Place, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information about "Make A Difference Day," you can call The Volunteer Center of United Way at 914-948-4452 or visit their website. You also can contact the White Plains Youth Bureau at 914-422-1378 ext. 2105.