The MMFS Community Helps Recent Migrants and Asylum Seekers

February 28, 2024

We are the students of Stephanie Shore’s 12th grade Civics class. This year we are learning about different ways to be good citizens and connecting that with the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and service. At the beginning of the year we learned about homelessness in New York City and the current migrant crisis. We knew we had to help.

We are partnering with Team TLC’s Little Shop of Kindness to help recent migrants and asylum seekers in New York City. Team TLC welcomes migrants arriving at Port Authority, and provides emergency medication, mental health support, housing, and legal services. Through their Little Shop of Kindness, migrants can get basic clothing and household items—free. Being able to “shop” and pick their own things provides migrants with the dignity that they deserve.

From March 1 – March 14, we are asking the whole MMFS community (parents, students, faculty, and staff) to donate something. If everyone donates at least one item, we will have more than 680 items to donate.

Our visit to Team TLC’s Little Shop of Kindness showed us that migrants really need:

  • Suitcases and strollers (because they are moving so much, and need to be able to take their belongings with them)
  • New or lightly used clothing (clean, please!)
    • Especially men’s casual clothing, size medium
    • Adult sizes small and medium preferred; no X large
  • Packaged underwear and bras
  • Casual shoes (no high heels or boots)
  • Toiletries
  • Household goods (no blankets needed)
  • Toys for children (no puzzles or games)

There are two ways to donate:

  1. Bring your donation to the lobby of any MMFS building. You can drop them off during parent/teacher conferences!
  2. Visit Team TLC’s Target Wishlist and Amazon Wishlist to buy the things the migrants need. Please have these items delivered to the MMFS Upper School (23 Sidney Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201) ℅ Stephanie Shore.

Thank you for your support!

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