1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive
October 3, 2017

The Mayor of NYC Bill Blasio awarded the #iSmileForAngele campaign efforts in the 1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive during Suicide Prevention Month.

Hiiii splashy readers this weekend was nothing short of AMAZING! On Saturday September 30th at Bakery HNY sneaker store [1457 Amsterdam Avenue] the #iSmileForAngele 1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive was held. The mission of the event was to service children within our communities and school system who maybe homeless or living in shelters by providing new or gently used sneakers as we fight to prevent bullying. The reassurance of confidence starts within our children knowing they are important and valued.

Bakery HNY

Donated kicks

Donated kicks

I am excited to type 325 sneakers were allocated to 3 shelters in Harlem. Upon delivering the donated sneakers I learned that many families were displaced due to a huge fire over the weekend. That made me feel good knowing that families will benefit from all of the contributions. The day was filled with laughs, support and most of all love. I grew up in Harlem and my mother has always instilled that helping others in need is a blessing as you are so fortunate in life. Every donated sneaker was accompanied with an inspirational note to reassurance the recipient that you are worthy and you will rise from your present circumstance.

My support system entrepreneurs Gracie and Latoya.

Everyone came together from a simple idea that was executed by teamwork. I am still in awe and glad that I can be of assistance in any way possible. If you have a goal, write it down, build a team and DO IT! I could not have completed my mission without the help of Gracie Cedres, Latoya Wyman, Kathleen Delva and Cheo owner of Bakery HNY; they all were key component parts alongside every single person who donated their new/gently used sneakers and new socks!

Cheo and Kathleen posing in Bakery HNY sneaker store with some of the donated kicks from the event.

It was a great day at the start of the event it drizzled a little bit however, the love of giving back outweighed the rain with sunshine. The day was beautiful as kid’s joined and learned the importance of helping others in need. Papa John’s pizza was sponsored by Indie Brokers and it was nice to see children interacting with adults playing charades. 

Overall, the event was a success and it just goes to show how a simple idea can take off with support from your community. The donations will allievate parents, bring smiles to children’s face and make the donators feel impactful that their contribution helped. I will continue to team up with other driven entrepreneurs to ensure we do our part in seeing that their is change with gestures, education and fun in the community.

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Harlem Cares 2nd Annual toy drive RECAP
December 17, 2014

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On Sunday, December 14, 2014 The Harlem Cares Family (Yandy Smith, Original Housewife Collection, Pretty in Black Catering, EGL – Everything Girls Love and myself presented the 2nd Annual toy drive with The Winter Wonderland theme to the Harlem community. The event was held from 1pm to 5pm at The Kennedy Center *Thank you @billycharlem for providing the venue* (34 W 134th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenue) in the effort to collect toys and coats from attendees to donate to deserving less fortunate families this year. This year differed from last year as we invited the adults to bring children for a day of fun filled activities, entertainment and food.

Affirmations. "I am beautiful" / "I am very smart"

Affirmations. “I am beautiful” / “I am very smart”

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There were different stations set up to cater to the children of the families who donated toys filled with the amenities suitable for the stars of the day. The activities included:

KIDDIE BUFFET – chicken sliders, pizza, mac n cheese were provided by Mama Mias (@mamamias_)

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Peanut butter and jelly sandwich squares, fruit kabobs and other bites were provided by Nelly’s Kitchen (@nellyskitchen)

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Arizona Ice tea were provided by Drinkup (@drinkup_nyc3) and cupcake were provided by Tonnie’s minis (@tonniesminis)

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PAMPER STATIONS – featured manicures for girls provided by Little Miss Pretty House of Glam (@lmphouseofglam)

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Shape ups for boys provided by Started with Clippers (@startedwithclippers) and Street Fame own @ladyjaekutz

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HOT COCO BAR – provided by Trendy Treats BK (@trendytreatsBK) and the decor was provided by Primrose Couture Events (@primrosecoutureevents)

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HOLIDAY PHOTO BOOTH – provided by Fancy Face (@fancyfacephotobooth)

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FACE PAINTING – provided by Sheila J. (@sheilajfaces) and Cutie Crew (@cutiecrew)

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HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS STATION – provided by Original Housewife Collection (@originalhousewifecollection), Dash Diva (@dashdiva13) and Pinky Sez (@Pinkysezdesigns__)

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PICK A BOOK STATION – there were over 200 books available that the children in attendance could choose from to take home provided by Pretty With a Purpose (@PrettyWithAPurpose)

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MUSIC – was provided by (@blkidtwins)

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DJ TP of The Blkidtwins

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – provided by the tap dancer known as Cartier (@cartier231) – a special surprise R and B rendition by Zieme and his little princess who sung Twinkle, twinkle little star, Jusso and the Ninja Turtles danced their way into the kids heart provided by Saycheeez (@saycheeeze_nyc)

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CUPCAKE DECORATING – provided by Bites Galor (@bites_galore_)

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The kids ate, danced, wrote letters to Santa, picked out books and much more. The turnout was great and everyone was overwhelmed with excitement as Yandy Smith arrived with her family along with her PUD Kimbella and her .

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Kimbella with Mama Mia's chef

Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated to the raffle, companies that sponsored the event, everyone who volunteered their time and congratulations to all of the winners.

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Lil Mandeecees shuffled the first raffle which was a bookbag with a tablet and headphones inside. The other raffles that were given away were: (2) $50 gift certificates to Don Coqui, a $50 credit for Uber car services, a $50 gift certificate to Poco NYC restaurant and a gift certificate to Ottomanelli’s. It was a great turn out and every year it will get BIGGER and BETTER because of YOU!!! What an amazing day. Thank you to everyone who supported the Harlem Cares 2nd Annual toy drive. It was a successful event that will brighten a deserving child’s holiday season. Join our Facebook page www.facebook.com/harlemwecare and keep hashtagging your experience with #HarlemCares – See you next year!!!

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