Nassau police, NFL players team up to give kids gifts for holidays

The Nassau Police Benevolent Association, Nassau County Police Foundation and former New York Giants players took homeless children out on a shopping spree at Matty's Toy Shop in Hewlett Tuesday.

News 12 Staff

Dec 22, 2020, 10:57 PM

Updated 1,271 days ago

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Nassau police and the NFL are teaming up to treat more than 100 children in need to a holiday shopping spree.
The Nassau Police Benevolent Association, Nassau County Police Foundation and former New York Giants players took homeless children out on a shopping spree at Matty's Toy Shop in Hewlett Tuesday.
"It's always great to see the smiles on the kids faces," said former Giants player Jason Bromley.
Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder says this is more important this year because of the high unemployment as a result of the pandemic.
"2020 can get the heck out of here, bring in 2021," said Ryder. "This is the start of 2021...the holiday season. We want to get out of that year and make sure that these kids get back into full time of school... their sporting events after school."
Ryder says a lot of the time, the kids bought for others and not themselves.
Each child was given a $110 gift certificate to buy any toy they want.
Right now, there are more than 1,100 kids who are homeless on Long Island, according to the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.
County Executive Laura Curran says the need for help has grown this year during the pandemic.
"We've seen our food distributions go 100% higher," she said.


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