2011-05-13 / Community

‘To Kids From Kids’ Makes Everyone Smile


Mother and son who received a gift. Mother and son who received a gift. On Saturday May 7, Bradley Funeral Chapels held an event called “To Kids from Kids” in Bayswater Park. The event aimed to give toys to children in the Rockaway area. The children also received a tasty gift basket to give to their mothers in honor of Mother’s Day. It was important for the gifts to be distributed within the Rockaway community.

All of the children who were present in the park and received gifts were absolutely thrilled. The children had wide smiles and bright eyes as they unwrapped and played with their toys. Some children who were either too young or had no means of getting a Mother’s Day gift for their mothers expressed their thanks for the opportunity to present their mother’s with a token of their love and appreciation.

Ruthie Nugare, 9, a resident of Far Rockaway, said, “I feel so happy. I like my toy and will play with it for a long time. I was surprised to come to the park today and receive surprise gifts. I can’t wait to give my mom her Mother’s Day present; I didn’t have anything to give to her before. Now I’m really excited about Mother’s Day! I know she is going to love it.” The child appeared overjoyed and content.


Children who participated in the event. Children who participated in the event. Giovanna McMillian, who personally selected her gifts, said, “My mom likes pink! I want this gift for her. I’m going to put the chalk board I got up in my room and I will use it to do work and to write reminders down.” The child expressed her gratitude as she said that she hasn’t gotten a toy in a while.

Representatives from Bradley Funeral Chapels spoke with the children and assured that each child present was content. They shared stories with the children and asked that they do well in school. Staff provided the children with contact information so they could utilize any member of the staff as a community resource for support.


Ten-year-old Giovanna McMillian. Ten-year-old Giovanna McMillian. The staff spoke with the father of one of the children, Troy Harold. He said, “It is great to see what Bradley Funeral Chapels is doing in the community. It’s refreshing to see a business closely connected with the people and not only about profiting but giving back. I haven’t seen owners or staff actually out directly interacting with the public. The children really appreciate what they did.” Owner Patrick Bradley said, “Bradley Funeral Chapels has a special connection with the Rockaway community. We enjoy giving to others. We want to be a part of the movement to improve and uplift Rockaway and its residents. We plan on servicing our Rockaway families at special rates and want to give back to the community every chance we get. It moves me to see how it’s the little things that make children and families happy. We don’t want to just be here, we want to make a difference.


Ruth Nugare, 9 years old Ruth Nugare, 9 years old Whether it’s by giving to children, the elderly, or adults in need, as we grow and expand we want Rockaway to grow with us. We want to get to a point where we can bring jobs to the community and offer assistance wherever we can. We work with all five boroughs including Long Island, and we are determined to give the Rockaways the attention that it needs.”

Some of the gifts distributed include Barbie dolls, toy trucks, motorcycles, bats, baseballs, swords, dolls, coloring books/ crayons, activity sets, chalkboards, Hula-Hoops, bubble maker sets, Quads, flute recorders, beauty sets, race cars, jump ropes and Mother’s Day cookie baskets.



Father of one of the children, Troy Harold. Father of one of the children, Troy Harold.

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