At times we complain about how noisy our neighborhood is, and about the things that don’t work in the community. But then there is a moment like this … where neighbors, friends and strangers all convene in the same little park and put together ways to make money for the victims of Sandy – and it just confirms that we are raising our kids in the right place.
Aside from being the hot spot to donate blankets, clothes, flashlights, batteries and water – Playstreet – (a street devoid of traffic, now becoming a permanent community plaza) became a site for a bake sale where everyone brought their home baked goods to sell for the cause. There were sweet and savory things: delicious Indian food, sloppy Joes, bags of home popped popcorn – even Justin Bieber cupcakes! And look who joined in to sell pumpkin cookies? Some little girls created a manicure stand, and one sweet little boy even dragged out his toys and books to sell – all handing the money over to buy more flashlights, batteries and water. I hear that over $4000 in all was collected over the weekend. Way to go Jackson Heights!