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Clothing & Toy Distributions

Homelessness is not just a problem of substance abusers, the physically handicapped or people with mental illness. It can happen to anyone. Discrimination against the poor, especially the homeless, makes it harder to take care of basic grooming, or more complicated tasks like securing a home or employment with living wages.   The Shakti Mission has a profound yearning  to assist  and serve these families in need.  Our team of dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to collect gently used clothing, new toiletries, shoes, coats and other basic necessities.  We then distribute them to local shelters, transitional homes, battered women’s safe houses and individuals with the greatest need

In a city of more than 8.3 million people, nearly one in every 106 New Yorkers is homeless — that’s nearly 80,000 men, women and children.

The vast majority of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness spend the night within the city’s shelter system where they remain unseen.

Every night, nearly 4,000 people sleep on the street, in the subway system or in other public spaces

For every person sleeping on sidewalks or on trains, 20 more are sleeping in shelters.*

Clothing & Toy Drives

Our Work

2nd Clothing Drive at Briarwood Residence

On December 13th 2019, The Shakti Mission celebrated its 1 Year Anniversary by hosting its 2nd Clothing & Toy Distribution at the Briarwood Residence. What a privilege it has been to serve our community!

The Albermale Family Shelter

Have any gently used clothing you would like to donate ?
The Shakti Mission is collecting!!
Thanks to passionate volunteers and donors like yourselves , On March 29, 2019 The Shakti Mission donated
* 85 TOYS
To the Albermale Family Shelter in Brooklyn , NY.

"My Little White Dress"

“I grew up in a family of 8 siblings, we were very poor and couldn't really afford much. One thing I distinctly remember from my childhood was my little white dress. I would wear this dress to the temple every Sunday and after service I would hand wash and care for my dress until the next week where I repeated the process. I was just a little girl who wanted pretty things. I remember the sadness and disappointment in seeing everyone with new clothing each week. But growing up my family struggled a lot even when it came to putting food on the table so I knew a new dress was not an option for me. Being a part of The Shakti Mission just brings me so much joy, for I know what it's like to not have. I remember one visit, a clothing drive at the Briarwood Shelter during Christmas, where I gifted a similar dress to a little girl. Her face lit up as she held the dress infront of her. This instantly brought tears to my eyes as I recalled the days of my little white dress.”
Hilda Sammy

"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed"