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S.T.R.O.N.G Youth Inc, Kareem D. Sapp Foundation and Tow Trucks for Kids of NY teaming together to deliver coats, food and gifts to needy families across Long Island. (Photo by Ed Shin)

The Kareem Sapp Foundation, Tow Trucks For Kids, and S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth teamed up with others to bring coats and gifts to families in need across Long Island on Dec. 19 in Uniondale.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which has also brought food insecurity and an ongoing spree of violence, organizers hoped to cultivate togetherness and a spirit of collaboration with this event.

“Bringing seasoned adults together with youth in our community in times of crisis is essential to set the foundations of communication and unity to resolve the issue of violence in our streets,” said Thomas Sapp, founder of Kareem Sapp Foundation.

“The safest communities are the ones with the most resources. It’s up to us to make sure our youth have the support they need to thrive. Now more than ever our youth need to know there is a community that is here ready and willing to support them and offer hope for a brighter tomorrow,” added Beria Gaxiola, director of programs at S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth.

“Let’s bring joy to families during the pandemic,” said Carmela Annunziata, vice president of Tow Trucks For Kids NY.

The event included a short program, and then, tow trucks traveled through Long Island carrying precious goodies to deliver to children with all the bells and whistles. Additional coats and toys were available to those who attended the event.

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Geppy Larosa, president of Tow Trucks for Kids of NY; Vickie Grossman; Thomas Sapp, president of the Kareem D. Sapp Foundation; Carmela Annunziata and Michael Loria. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Maria Eva; Geppy Larosa, president of Tow Trucks for Kids of NY; Thomas Sapp and Carmela Annunziata. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Thomas Sapp, of the Kareem D. Sapp Foundation, and the staff of S.T.R.O.N.G Youth Inc. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Carmela Annunziata, vice president of Tow Trucks for Kids of NY, and Michael Loria. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Thomas Sapp, founder and president of the Kareem D. Sapp Foundation. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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