Welcome to Giving friends

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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Giving Friends

Our mission

Giving Friends supports families in New York City and surrounding counties who live in poverty, shelters and residential treatment centers, helping to build a positive foundation for their future. 

We hand deliver gifts of new toys, clothing, school supplies, infant care needs and other essentials during the holiday season and throughout the year. 

Giving Friends is funded through grassroots fundraising efforts, community partnerships, local drives, events and corporate sponsorships 

Giving Friends Our Story

Our Story

Over 24 years ago Lynne Corry was homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol. She found help at a mother and child residential treatment program, where her recovery journey began. Lynne and her son Tyler lived there while she worked hard to build a life for her and her son.

Young Mother's Program Event

Our Events

Young Mother’s Program, Holiday 2023

The Giving Friends team of volunteers returned to the Samaritan Daytop Village Young Mother’s Program for the 26th year, with holiday gifts for both mothers and children.

Special thanks to our Corporate Giving Partners, and our Community Giving Partners, Delivering Good and The Toy Foundation.

Get Involved

There are so many ways to become a Giving Friend. Look how far we’ve come already. We started in 1997 bringing Christmas gifts to 40 children. Now we are collecting gifts to distribute to thousands of families and individuals.

Join our mailing list with updates on events, volunteer opportunities and how you and your group can host a community drive. 

We Bring Smiles to Those we Serve

Giving Friends Testimonial
Mitchell Netburn, President & CEO, Samaritan Daytop Village

In 1997, while a new client at our Young Mothers Program, Lynne Corry launched her first Holiday Toy Drive. Every year since, she has brought joy to clients – and staff members – during the holidays. We at Samaritan Daytop Village are extremely grateful that Lynne and her incredible team of volunteers have turned that first drive into an annual holiday tradition. Lynne’s success has been inspiring. In recent years, we asked for her support to collect toys for the children in our family shelters. She responded with an avalanche of gifts. Lynne has brought so much joy and happiness to hundreds of families in our programs.

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