For many kids, a plethora of toys are expected on Christmas Day. But for the 20,000 children that advocates estimate sleep in NYC shelters every night, the suspense and wonder of Christmas Eve is of a different kind: Where will I be tomorrow?
The Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit based in Midtown, strives to help the homeless population by providing many families with housing and encouraging community involvement.
The group was one that received some of the giant pile of toys donated to Metro Magic, along with the Toys for Tots program run by the U.S. Marines.
Metro stopped by their offices on Seventh Avenue to witness the kids receiving the toys.
When it was finally time to unveil the gifts for the children, a large box filled with toys was carried into the room. Only after a few moments did the concept of being given the gifts become real.
But this moment passed quickly, and the kids were soon barreling towards the box.
The expression on their faces was evident: they were feeling a slice of the joy of the holiday season.
All photographs by Miles Dixon.