Carol Suchman was walking in New York City when she came upon a local toy store that had gone out of business. “The toys in there looked so sad, and they were gathering dust,” she said. “It occurred to me we should bring those toys to where they should be going.” To needy kids.
After negotiating a price for the thousands of toys and school supplies, Suchman e-mailed Antonio Rodriguez, the director of city homeless shelters: “I just bought a toy store, can you help?”
A venture capitalist, wife, and mother of three, Suchman purchases hundreds of toys every year for distribution to foster children in the city’s system. Those donations have always been anonymous. This time—at Rodriguez’s insistence that “one story often inspires others to take action”—she agreed to let her name be released.
Suchman and other volunteers organized and bagged up the toys for easy distribution over the holidays. “There will definitely be a lot of smiles and happy kids,” Suchman remarked. “If it brings them some joy and they realize there are people looking out for them, then my job is done.”
This is an excerpt from Briefly Noted in the Winter 2016 issue of Philanthropy magazine.