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Catholic Charities and the National Supermarket Association Join Forces to Support Over 250 Children with Learning Challenges

Surprise Toy Give-a-Way Events Scheduled for Child Development Centers in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn

Media Advisory


Luz Tavarez-Salazar, Director of Government and Community Relations, Catholic Charities of NY

Rudy Fuertes, NSA President and NSA Members

Yvonne Garvin, Program Director, Astor Services for Children Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development

Nathalie Tejada, Development Director, Astor Services for Children and Families, Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development



 Catholic Charities and the National Association of Supermarkets have joined forces to donate toys to over 250 children ages ranging from 18 months to 5 years old in early childhood development centers in the Bronx, Queen and Brooklyn.   The children selected to receive these gifts need mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs to start them off on their educational path. The child development centers are agencies under the umbrella of the Catholic Charities of NY as well as Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens   This two-day, event will provide educational toys that will assist in the early childhood development of recipients.



Tuesday May 10, 2016; 10:30AM
Astor‘s Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development
4010 Dyre Avenue, Bronx, NY

Wednesday, May 11, 2016; 10AM       
Queensbridge Early Childhood Development Center
38-11 27th Street, Long Island City, NY, (718) 937-7640

Wednesday, May 11, 2016; 12 Noon
St. Malachy’s Early Childhood Development Center
220 Hendrix Street, Brooklyn, NY, (718) 721-8065



“The NSA takes great pride in giving back to the communities we serve. Under NSA Cares, we are reassuring our communities, that we are not only a place to shop for your groceries but that we also deeply care about our neighbors - we are long-term partners. We are very grateful for this opportunity to partner with Catholic Charities and bring smiles and joy to children from our communities,” said Rudy Fuertes, NSA President.

“Catholic Charities has children who deserve to be rewarded, and we are grateful for the NSA partnership that allows us to recognize these incredible children,” said Luz Tavarez-Salazar, Director of Government and Community Relations.  “Having partnerships with organizations with the resources to provide gifts to these children is key,” she added. “This collaboration is a perfect fit.”

“In New York State, thousands of children are expelled from pre-school each year, many with emotional/behavioral issues,” said Yvonne Garvin, Program Director, The Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development.   “The Hickey Center works with a group of these children – giving them the help they need to thrive – to get them back into public school to begin kindergarten.  The 40 children receiving these gifts today are part of this program,” she added.



All children deserve the opportunity to develop social skills, gain confidence and develop lasting values that will serve them as adults. Catholic Charities' network of services aims to address the physical, emotional and psychological needs of children and their families.

Astor Services for Children & Families, an affiliate of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY led by Dr. James McGuirk, is a community based non-profit organization that provides children's mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs. Astor serves children and families in New York State's Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx. 

One of the programs, the Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development (Hickey Center) is Astor’s therapeutic Preschool in the Bronx. It was developed to meet the emotional and cognitive needs of a special group of 3 - 5 year old children who were at high risk for educational failure due to significant behavioral health needs. It is licensed as a children’s Day treatment program as well as a preschool.

NSACares is the NSA’s initiative designed to partnering with charitable organizations in the different communities served by our members.  Established by its founders, the NSA has a longstanding tradition of giving back to the community. Through the promise of NSACares, each year, it reaffirms its commitment to strengthening its corporate social responsibility with the many communities served by NSA members