Plush penguins from Singapore find a home in NYC
Brently Winstead, Development Associate at The Child Center of NY, and Xun An Chia of WT Partnership at our Forest Hills office
At The Child Center of NY, we are fortunate to have generous donors who support our clients with various types of donations. Just last month, An Chia of WT Partnership in Singapore reached out to The Child Center with a unique offer.
WT Partnership had a surplus of penguin plush toys from a charity event, and Xun wanted to find a home for them during a visit to New York. As a mental health advocate, Xun wanted to ensure the donation went to an organization that robust and comprehensive mental health services, particularly to children. When he learned about The Child Center and the families we serve, he got in touch with our Development Associate, Brently Winstead, who happily agreed to find homes for nearly 100 penguin plushies with children in our programs. And Xun, penguins in tow, traveled nearly 10,000 miles to place them in our hands.
Xun met with Brently at The Child Center’s headquarters in Forest Hills and, according to Xun, “One of the more thoughtful conversation topics that we had pertained to that of access to resources and help (support services, behavioral health services, etc.) and that sometimes the right to — and even knowledge of the existence of — such services may not trickle down to those who need it the most, sometimes simply due to the asymmetry of knowledge due to socioeconomic disparities.“
Another topic of conversation, Xun says, “was that surprisingly, the plushies were actually quite difficult to give away. Brently was one of the few individuals who responded positively… but it all worked out in the end.“ He continued, “Ultimately, seeing the box and its contents make it way to its intended destination made it all worth it — as was the journey tossing said boxes through various train station gantries from the airport, to carrying them close to a mile from the nearest train station to my place, which was truly an experience by itself.”
Thank you, Xun, for this extraordinarily special delivery all the way from Singapore! Continue reading