Volunteers and supplies are desperately needed for the program, which supplies homeless people at nine Long Island shelters with shoeboxes full of donated hygiene products, along with socks, candy and other gifts.
Jadyn Wilcox knows comfort can be found in a box.
So the 17-year-old made sure to fill the shoeboxes to the brim one recent evening as she packed them with necessities and presents for the Blessings in a Box program for the homeless.
“I try to make sure that every gift that I’ve made, whoever gets it gets a lot of stuff,” the Amityville High School senior said while volunteering for the program at the Town of Babylon’s Irwin S. Quintyne Community Center in Amityville.
“I was in the same situation as a lot of those kids so I know what it feels like to not have a home for Christmas and know what it’s like to have random strangers think about you and give you gifts,” she added.
As recently as May, Wilcox lived in shelters with her mother and four siblings during a hardship that stretched more than two years. So when she learned of the Amityville nonprofit Keep Your Change’s Blessings in a Box program, she jumped at the chance to help.