Glen Cove Seniors, Youth, and Educators Join Together To Make a Difference!
July 19, 2017… After meeting two Long Island teachers, Irene Berman and Kate Hunter who both volunteer for The One Clip Organization, Carol Waldman, Executive Director of the Glen Cove Senior Center, was excited at the prospect of bringing together local seniors, teachers, and the children from the Glen Cove Youth Bureau’s After Three Program with support from the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County to participate in Operation Good Night Sleep Tight.
This program focuses on giving comfort to foster children who are often removed from their homes in the middle of the night. To ease that transition, this intergenerational group designed and decorated pillow cases with words of inspiration like, “You Are Not Alone,” and the artwork featured bright and colorful pictures showing happy places, smiling children, and funny characters. The pillow cases were then filled with toiletries, stuffed animals, books, and toys which were donated by the educators and Senior Center members. In addition, letters of friendship were added to support the children during their challenging times.
The filled pillow cases will be distributed by the Foster Care Division of the Department of Social Service to foster children in Nassau County.
Glen Cove Mayor Reggie Spinello joined Vicki Meyerhoefer, Director of the Nassau County Office for the Aging and Mrs. Waldman to thank the group for helping to make a difference in a foster child’s life.
Special thanks were given to Megan Pemberton and Carolina Guastella for helping with the coordination of this extraordinary day and to all of the participants who embraced this social action project.
Article Provided by Michael Logan, Public Relations Department, City of Glen Cove
Photo provided by the City of Glen Cove
Caption: Educators, Glen Cove Senior Center members and the Youth Bureau’s After Three children participate in Operation Good Night Sleep Tight to benefit foster children.