It may be hard to believe, but there is something that LDPR loves just as much as travel… charity! This past spring, LDPR partnered with New York Cares as part of the agency Philanthropy committee’s quarterly initiative. The team wanted to donate to a cause that involved children and would benefit the local NYC community. As everyone geared up for summer reads by the beach , a book drive seemed like a great choice. True to LDPR’s creative style, the team took a cardboard box to hold the books and decorated it with images of childhood stories and characters from favorite tales. Throughout the month, employees, clients and partners watched the box fill up as donations with both old and new books were added.
To help decide where to donate the books, the representatives at New York Cares put the team in touch with some of the organizations that they partner with. LDPR chose Fox House, a shelter for homeless women and their children, located on the Upper East side of Manhattan. When the committee met with Sister Florence, they received a brief tour of the space and listened to stories about some of the women who live there. She said that story time is a favorite activity among the children, who truly look forward to the volunteers that come from New York Cares and read to them. Some of LDPR’s own employees are part of this program!
One junior staffer and a vital member of LDPR’s philanthropy team, Kelly Hatfield, let us in on why she gets involved: “Giving back my time, especially to children in need, has always been a large part of my life. I’m thrilled that LDPR partnered with New York Cares for this initiative, something so close to my own heart.”
More than 30 books, with authors ranging from Dr. Seuss to Stan and Jan Berenstain were collected and donated to Fox House. LDPR employees loved dusting off their bookshelves to choose some of their favorites to share with the kids. Thank you to all who contributed!