On June 19, 2018, FCA’s Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-op received a special visit from the Hempstead Evergreen Charter Middle School’s Community Service Club. Approximately 18 students and nine nursery co-op children joined together to take part in FCA’s Safe & Warm Quilt Initiative, creating decorative 18×18 squares, which will be sewn into Long Island’s largest quilt.
When offered the opportunity to participate in the initiative and support Long Island’s homeless youth population, the students’ voted a unanimous “yes”. They were also eager to work with young children in the community as a way of giving back to others.
“The children in the club were so happy to be a part of this,” said Maria Perez-Llona, Social Worker, Evergreen Charter Middle School. “They were smiling, laughing, playing and singing along with the nursery school children. The staff at the Lynn Vanderall Nursery Co-op were exceptionally nice, helpful and so warm to myself and the kids. We’re grateful for the opportunity to become involved with FCA in its initiative to keep Long Islanders safe and warm. We hope to participate again next year!”
On behalf of everyone at FCA, a big thank you to Maria for contacting our President and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds to express her desire to work cooperatively with the agency, and to our talented staff, Ana Castillo, Anita Wilson, Donna Teichner, Donna Raphael, and Kobida Raventhiranathan for making it happen!
MINEOLA, NEW YORK, June 28, 2018 – Toni Combs, Owner of Gone Sewin, has been named Family & Children’s Association (FCA)’s “Hero of the Month” for May. Located in Hicksville, Gone Sewin is an award-winning fabric shop that was founded in 2006 and specializes in quilting and sewing supplies.
Toni’s passion for her work was fueled as an employee at JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, where she taught classes to other sewing enthusiasts. She soon decided to launch her own business, Gone Sewin, and has become an instrumental resource for one of FCA’s most “decorated” campaigns: the Safe & Warm Quilt Initiative, introduced in August 2017 to support FCA’s programs for homeless youth on Long Island.
When FCA received a donation of bolts and fabrics from quilt sponsor Marcus Fabric, Toni cut hundreds of 18” x 18” squares, enabling the agency to grow the grassroots campaign and provide opportunities for supporters to create moving messages of hope that will soon make up Long Island’s largest quilt.
Before enhancing FCA’s Safe & Warm Quilt Initiative, Toni contributed to the agency’s Adopt-a-Family campaign. After learning about the initiative through a longtime friend (an FCA donor), she began sewing decorative bags and filled them with books, distributed to client families during the holidays.
Giving back to the community remains one of Toni’s primary goals, and she considers FCA to be an ideal cause to support. “The minute I met FCA staff, I was hooked. As I learned more about the clients and what they can use, just even for their self-esteem, I wanted to help more,” Toni recalls. “I have given to many charities in the past, but never felt as appreciated or part of the organization as FCA has made me feel. Everyone I have met, from Interns to Board Members, have impressed me with their warmth, caring, and pure helpfulness.”
Commenting on Toni’s award, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO of FCA, said, “We’re delighted to recognize Toni as our May ‘Hero of the Month.’ Her dedication to FCA’s mission is truly heartfelt. We’re very grateful that she has shared her love of quilting and sewing with us, while helping to make a difference for so many Long Islanders in need.”
For more information on Gone Sewin, visit www.gonesewin.com.
About Family & Children’s Association (FCA)
FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
Through an integrated network of services and counseling, FCA provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The agency offers Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services, Family Education & Support, Children’s Mental Health Services, Adult & Senior Services and Residential Care Programs.
FCA has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.
For more information about FCA, visit www.familyandchildrens.org.
Phone 516-746-0350 x1247