Imagine sheltering in place without crayons, a book, or a toy. Give a little to the children who need the most!
Right now, the greatest need for The Shield community is providing essential sensory learning supplies to children in the Bronx and Flushing, who are intellectually and developmentally challenged, many on the autism spectrum, and desperately need these types of supplies.
The Shield Bronx Early Learning Center is in one of the nation’s most impoverished districts and the Flushing school largely serves recent immigrants, many of whom have lost their jobs or shuttered their businesses. Many of the families in our communities live below the poverty line, are single-parents, recent immigrants, and might be living in transitional housing. These parents facing unemployment, often worked multiple jobs to provide for their families to put a meal on the table for their children. Our teachers are doing everything they can to give these families support during this pandemic, however, it is hard to lead school activities when these children lack the most basic of materials. A notebook. Crayons. Pencils.
Beyond lacking these basic learning materials, these children need specific supports to help them re-focus their energy, calm their anxiety, and mitigate tantrums. They require interactive sensory learning tools which could be as simple as having a puzzle or a ball to play with. In many cases, parents and families are confined to small apartments or rooms in a shelter. Parents/caretakers are worried, depressed, and under a great deal of stress, as they continue to cope with this unprecedented situation. Simultaneously, they are juggling the complex day to day needs of raising a child with intellectual and developmental challenges.
Every contribution to this fundraising effort will go a long way in providing the necessary tools for these children to continue learning and offer much-needed relief to their families as they struggle to shelter-in-place during the pandemic.
To help us meet the greatest needs of our communities during this critical time, please, donate today!