The students at PS 142 in the lower east side of NYC received warm words from NYG fullback Henry Hynoski and lots of toys, on behalf of the Educational Alliance, not for profit Second Chance Toys, and Kidville.
After recently being hard hit from hurricane Sandy, some of these kids lost everything, and their safe haven, their school, had to be shut down for a short period of time due to loss of power as well as other complications from the storm.
“Having these hardships and having a little bit of adversity made me become a stronger person. It made me work harder and harder.” Hynoski mentioned these words of encouragement to the kids, who have gone and are most likely still going through hardships. He himself pulled his hamstring during the physically grueling NFL Combine in 2011, seeing his dreams of playing in the big league wash away before his eyes. He rehabbed his way back, went undrafted but then was picked up by the NY Giants.
So Henry says keep your head up and keep working strong. “I just want to give the kids an example of hard work pays off, desire and determination pays off, and that if you set your mind to something you can accomplish anything you want. It’s really a great thing that Kidville and Second Chance Toys, everything they are all doing. I’m just really happy and honored that they got me to be a part of this.”
When the president of Kidville, Rammy Harwood, introduced Hynoski to the kids at the school, the screams, shrieks, and yells were so loud they traveled far and possibly went over the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn. The enthusiasm blew through the roof of the school.
Karina Lynch‐Graham from the Educational Alliance, who does a lot of programs with PS 142 added, “For a bunch of these students, they don’t have a father figure in the house, so for a sports figure to come and speak with them, means so much. We do incorporate a lot of sports activities with them, it’s important for their physical well‐being and learning to work with others.”
After Hynoski gave some meaningful words of encouragement, the kids left the auditorium where they were later given toys collected on behalf of Second Chance Toys, which is a not for profit that holds two toy drives a year (one for Holiday time and one for Earth week in April) for gently used plastic toys, saving landfill space by giving these toys to deserving kids, and saving one childhood at a time by filling the hands of the less fortunate with goodies.
Kidville, which is located all over NYC and NJ, is a one stop shop for kids and families for birthday parties, activities, events, fun, and love. Kidville served as a drop off location for Second Chance Toy’s holiday toy drive, which in turn served as a nice holiday surprise for the kids from PS 142.