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Woman buys entire toy store’s inventory, donates it to homeless children

By WITW Staff on November 27, 2015

A woman in New York City has made headlines by buying all the toys from an out-of-business toy store so that she could donate them to children in homeless shelters. The story starts when Carol Suchman, a philanthropist and senior director at Manhattan-based New York Venture Partners, realized the Hudson Party Store near her home had gone out of business months earlier. “I thought it was so sad that all the toys were just sitting inside this closed store,” Suchman told “…I got the idea to call the owner and see if the toys were for sale.” With assistance from Liz Hopfan of the Free Arts NYC nonprofit children’s program and Antonio Rodriguez of the city’s Department of Homeless Services, Suchman made her dream a reality. Previously an anonymous donor for her “entire life,” Suchman was convinced by Rodriguez to take credit so that her story could inspire others. “This is the first time anyone has ever bought out an entire store for donation to our shelter kids,” said Rodriguez in a statement. “We are grateful for this generous donation.”

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