14 Dec

Bringing Holiday Cheer

Each year, generous donors provide gifts for families receiving services at LSA, ensuring that there are presents under the tree for everyone.  On behalf of the families we serve, we give heartfelt thanks to holiday gift donors for bringing extra cheer to our community.   Thank you!

Holiday Gift Donors:

Convent of the Sacred Heart School
The Buckley School
Catholic Charities
Joelyn Cecere
Jillian Diehl
Brenna Moore and Friends
Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine
P.S. 106
Riverdale Country School
Robin Hood Foundation Adopt a Family
St. Francis de Sales
St. John’s Bread and Life
St. Luke’s Giving Tree
Zonta Club of New York City

Above: the holiday party for children in our K-3 programs.  Tutors donated money so we could host the party, and the Zonta Club of New York donated the gifts for the kids. Our social work interns helped ensured the party was a success and our own Sr. Deysi was Mrs. Claus.


Brenna Moore (left) with her children and LSA’s Monica Sanchez and Trish Gough. Brenna hosted a gathering at her home and invited her friends to bring gifts for moms in our programs. The gifts were beautifully packaged and given to mothers in our Building Bridges art therapy program.


Children from our programs visited Riverdale Country School, for Breakfast with Santa! They fun-filled day included activities with Riverdale high school students.

Michael Chung from the Convent of the Sacred Heart School dropped off presents for children in our programs donated by Sacred Heart families.





22 Nov

Holiday Turkeys Distributed Throughout November

Turkey Distribution

We’re distributing 500 holiday turkeys this November, thanks to the GenNx Foundation

During the month of November, our food pantry is making an effort to distribute turkeys to every registered family that wants one for their holiday meal.  This distribution is possible through the GenNx Foundation, which is hosting a holiday turkey drive with the goal of funding 500 turkeys!

With the support of the GenNx Foundation drive and other sources, we anticipate that, by the end of the month, we will have distributed at least 500 turkeys, in addition to roaster chickens and other cooking staples to families enrolled in our food pantry.

In the first week alone, we gave out about 184 turkeys, plus roaster chickens.

Each month, food distributed by our pantry feeds approximately 2,000 people facing food insecurity in the neighborhood of East Harlem.  Learn more about holiday giving opportunities.

Above: The food pantry gets stocked with turkeys for distrubtion.


Jim and Kimberley from GenNx volunteered in our food pantry, distributing turkeys for families.


Turkey Distribution

A mom gets a turkey at her monthly food pantry visit.



Turkey Distribution

An LSA client picks up a turkey for her holiday dinner.

13 Dec

Holiday Donations

Every year, we receive a flood of holiday gifts for the many children we serve. These gifts make the season so much brighter – not only for the children, but for the parents who will be able to give their children presents on Christmas morning thanks to these donations.

We are touched by this outpouring of generosity and thank the many contributors who have donated presents for the children we serve, including:

    • Adaptive Designs
    • Baby Buggy
    • The Brearley School
    • The Brookdale Foundation
    • The Buckley School’s Operation Santa and Operation Elf
    • Church of the Heavenly Rest
    • Convent of the Sacred Heart Upper School Campus Ministry
    • Disney
    • M.S. 224 Manhattan East School for Arts & Academics
    • St. Francis de Sales Church gift drive
    • Saint John’s Bread and Life
    • Today Show Holiday Gift Drive
Joseph Tahl, Tahl Propp Equities made a special delivery of presents for the children in our Parenting & Child Development program.

Joseph Tahl, Tahl Propp Equities, made a special delivery of presents for the children in our Parenting & Child Development program.


Michael Chung (far right) from Convent of the Sacred Heart, and Karina (second from left) a representative of the Community Service Committee of the school’s Parents Association, dropped off presents collected by the Upper School toy drive. The school has been running a toy drive for LSA kids since 1991.

Presents from children at The Buckley School

Presents from children at The Buckley School

Teacher Kevin Miller dropped off donations from MS 224 Manhattan East School for Arts and Academics

Teacher Kevin Miller dropped off donations from MS 224 Manhattan East School for Arts and Academics

We received a wonderful donation of gift boxes with hats and gloves from Adaptive Design.

We received a wonderful donation of gift boxes with hats and gloves from Adaptive Design.

More holiday presents…




12 Dec

Volunteer Opportunity: Holiday Arts & Crafts, with Junior Board

Get into the holiday spirit!

The LSA Family Health Service Junior Board invites you to our Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts event with children from LSA’s Youth programs!
Saturday, December 12th from 11am – 1pm
Location: 333 East 115th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave)
We’ll be making Christmas tree ornaments and afterwards will decorate the LSA lobby tree, as well as create holiday cards with the children, plus other fun holiday-themed activities!
Please be sure to RSVP to Trish Gough no later than Thursday Dec 7th so we have an accurate head count (tgough@lsafhs.org or (646) 672-0434).
We look forward to having you join us!
23 Nov

P138 Students Hold a Food Drive for LSA

Today students from P138 in East Harlem visited LSA with donations of food for our pantry, collected through a food drive at the school.  The special needs students and their families brought in canned and dry staples, collecting over 200 items in all.  Rumor has it there was a friendly classroom competition to see which of the three participating classes could collect the most items.  We hope they all had fun and thank the students and families for their generosity!

These donations are particularly timely, as we tend to see an increase in need for food pantry services during the holiday season.

During their visit, the students, ranging from grades 7-12, learned about our food pantry and the other programs we offer.  They asked great questions, and even helped to stock the shelves.

Our thanks to the students, teachers and families of P138 for their fantastic donation!

To learn about hosting a food drive and other volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page.