-- Great-Grandmother Gets to Make Thanksgiving Dinner at Home! --
NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Betty Robinson lives in the Rockaways section of Queens, NY and moved out of her home after it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy more than a year ago. Today she realized a Thanksgiving blessing as she got to see her completely renovated house for the first time, including new furniture and decorations. Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and The Legacy Center (TLC) are working together to renovate Betty's house and three more, using funds donated to K.I.D.S. for Sandy relief.
In January 2013, TLC and K.I.D.S. began to work on a plan to help local families affected by the Hurricane Sandy. Having witnessed TLC's success with their early remodeled homes, K.I.D.S. is providing them with a $160,000 grant to help gut, remodel and furnish the interior of a minimum of four homes in the hardest hit areas in New York City. Betty's house is on Beach 46th Street in the Rockaway's section of Queens, NY; the remaining houses will also be New York residents and will be identified by TLC over the next several months.
Homeowner Betty Robinson and her husband were already planning to renovate their house, when her husband died early in 2013 a few months after the storm. As the guardian to her two great-grandchildren, Betty has had a difficult time, renting a temporary apartment and trying to make a life for her family. Today, she is back in her fully furnished home, complete with a seasoned turkey in the refrigerator for ready to cook for Thanksgiving dinner.
"Recovering from a natural disaster takes time, and that's why K.I.D.S. is committed to helping families for the long haul," said K.I.D.S. President Denise Durham Williams. "Many people that we helped with new apparel, home fashions, toys and children's products right after the storm were able to get their lives back on track quickly, but some people have more challenges and need more time and care. We're happy to be able to help Betty and the children return to their home."
"The opportunity to help people when they really need it the most is so rewarding," says TLC Executive Director Jordan Durso. 'We have renovated more than 10 houses of Sandy victims and each one of them is so grateful to return to their normal lives. The bottom line is that families really do need a house before they can make it a home."
Kids In Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) was founded in 1985 with the mission of providing new kid essentials to children and teens who have been impacted by poverty and tragedy worldwide. Since its inception, K.I.D.S. has provided $1 billion in new products to help nearly 70 million children. With a network of over 1,000 local partner agencies located in all 50 states and consistently low overhead costs, K.I.D.S. is recognized for its ability to effectively and efficiently deliver products directly to children when and where they need it. To find out more about K.I.D.S., visit www.kidsdonations.org. K.I.D.S. is currently merging with Fashion Delivers, another nonprofit that secures excess product from the adult fashion and home industries to help people in need.
SOURCE Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.)