we deliver smiles

Smiles by the Numbers 2023

Giving Friends “delivers smiles” to help strengthen vulnerable families in New York City and lower Westchester, including those living in shelters and residential substance abuse treatment centers or facing sudden crisis. 

Thanks to the generosity of our corporate and community sponsors and partners, our individual contributors and our volunteer Giving Squad.

Poverty is an ongoing challenge for those we help

  • 1.5 million adult New Yorkers (23%) live in poverty
  • 420,000 children in NYC (25%) live in poverty
  • 50% of New York City working-age households don’t earn enough to meet basic needs (housing, sufficient food, basic health care, transportation
  • Income inadequacy is highest in the Bronx

(Latest available data from Robin Hood Foundation/Columbia University Poverty Tracker 2024 Report and 2023 NYC True Cost of Living Report)

750,000 New Items Delivered

We delivered NEW product donations of clothing, toys, school supplies, baby and personal essentials.

  Up 400% vs. 2022

30,000 Families Served

We delivered smiles to underserved families throughout New York City and lower Westchester.

  Up 200% vs. 2022

Over 25 Giving Events

We partnered with multiple New York City agencies, schools and non-profits to expand our GIVING reach.

100+  Volunteers

Over 600 Donors

We received nearly $2 million product donations from corporate, community and individual donors.

  Up 95% vs. 2022
Giving Squad 2023
Many thanks to our Giving Squad for their support!

The Toy Foundation

“Creating a World Where Every Child has the Opportunity to Play”

Giving Friends founder and CEO Lynne Corry participated in a panel discussion about the importance of play for children, sponsored by our partner, the Toy Foundation.

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