150 winter coats given to children in need in the Bronx

TREMONT, Bronx -- There was a lot of screaming and laughing in the Bronx on Tuesday night as kids in the community received free winter jackets.

Children of Promise is a full service organization focused on the children of incarcerated parents or relatives.

Thanks to a very generous donor in the community, they gave out 150 winter jackets to every young scholar in the program

And next week, they'll hand out toys.

But far more lasting than any of the gifts is the counseling for children and their families. The end goal is to break the cycle of incarceration.



"We are able to provide after school services, co-located with a mental health clinic so our scholars are able to deal with the issues, challenges, and for so many the secret of having a parent in prison," said Children of Promise founder Sharon Content.

"I love it, it's a beautiful program." Mother Shay Johnson said. "This place allows children, even the parents, to get into programs that they may need."

Nothing fills the void of a missing loved one, but at least these kids will go home feeling warm, special and well hugged.

ALSO READ | Shortage of Santa impersonators due to COVID worries comes as demand is at all time high
EMBED More News Videos

As Christmas approaches, demand for Santa is at an all time high, but there's a shortage of St. Nick impersonators this season. Lauren Glassberg has more.



----------
* More Bronx news
* Send us a news tip
* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
* Follow us on YouTube
Submit a News Tip