For thousands of homeless children across New York City, it looks like Santa Claus will be coming to town this year after all.
Philanthropist Carol Suchman, who annually buys birthday gifts for foster kids in Brooklyn, was walking by a toy and stationery store in the West Village with a "for rent" sign in the window when she had an idea.
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After contacting the owner, Suchman was able to purchase the store's entire inventory, including thousands of toys, stuffed animals, art and school supplies.
"We talked and negotiated and I bought the entire toy store," said Suchman, who turned the entire inventory over to the city's Department of Homeless Services (DHS).
A lot of generous people donate gifts to needy children around the holidays, but one New York woman went a giant step...
Antonio Rodriquez, director of special events at DHS, was at a loss for words: "I've been doing this for many years and we have many generous sponsors — people do toy drives and do a lot of giving — but I have to say, that this is the first time anybody ever bought out an entire store and donated to the children of shelters."
So what was the motivating factor behind buying the toy store in the first place? "Children are always my focus," Suchman explained. "A lot of foster kids get a lot of used things and I realized a lot of them never had a birthday gift that they actually wanted."
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We think it's safe to day she's at the top of the "nice list" this year.
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