Each year, Westchester County looks to its residents and local businesses to open their hearts and make donations to help children during the holiday season.
These children are in residential facilities, foster homes and in temporary homeless shelters with their families waiting permanent housing.
This is the ninth year of the Westchester County Holiday Gift Drive, which provides presents to children in the care of the Department of Social Services and five Eastchester High School students were responsible for raising $3,000 in gift cards for kids.
Each year the senior class organizes an annual fair that raises money for charities that support children. This year they selected the county’s holiday drive to be the beneficiary of the effort.
“With many Westchester families being displaced by Sandy, we have even more children in need,” said Astorino.
Seniors Carina Martesevici, Marie Cascione, Arlette Maher, Roisin Wiley and Ryan Winnie, as well as their faculty advisors Ellen Eldred and Edye Caine are a part of the Human Rights Club at EHS.
All of them were on hand last week to receive their Proclamation from the County and Astorino also commented that through this program, kids are guaranteed to receive something come the holidays.
"I thank the Eastchester students for what they have already done and encourage all of our residents and businesses to consider a donation,” he continued.