Venture capitalist Carol Suchman was casually walking around her West Village neighborhood when she passed a toy store going out of business. Every year, Suchman buys toys for homeless youth, but she was suddenly inspired to do something a bit different: she bought out the entire store. “When I saw this toy store, I just realized I could do it on a grander scale for this one year,” she explained, mentioning that she normally tries to remain anonymous. After purchasing thousands of new toys and school supplies from Hudson Party Store, the charitable woman wrapped them and sent them to New York City’s Department of Homeless Services.
“This is the first time anyone has ever bought out an entire store for a donation to our shelter kids,” revealed Antonio Rodriguez, the Department of Homeless Services’ special events director. “We are grateful for this generous donation and are excited to be able to bring some joy to these children who have so little, this holiday season.”
Suchman added, “One story often inspires others to take action.”