A child draws on a canvas bag to hold food donations.

The 11th annual Riverdale Community Action Day attracted nearly 700 people to Riverdale on November 23 for a day of giving.

The event resulted in:

  • 205 new/unopened gifts wrapped and donated for the Thirteenth Avenue/Dr. MLK, Jr. School in Newark, N.J.
  • More than 140 flower pots decorated, planted and given to the elderly residents of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale
  • 64 cards created for veteran patients at the Bronx VA Hospital
  • Approximately 2,220 children’s and adult books collected for Hunts Point Alliance and more than 75 decorated canvas bags with food to be distributed through that organization
  • 160 toys with decorated boxes for the children at Rosie’s Theater Kids
  • 93 Blossom Buds made for cats at the Animal Care Centers
  • Nearly 50 bags of clothing donated to Goodwill Industries
  • 42 large bags of menstrual hygiene products and 17 large bags of diapers and baby wipes for Part of The Solution (POTS)
  • About 100 inspirational messages written for the Thankful Tree which is displayed at the Lower School outside the cafeteria
  • 10 large bags of athletic and formal wear for Sumbandila, an academic program for children in living in extreme poverty in the Vhembe district in Limpopo, South Africa
  • Nearly $1,000 raised for Riverdale’s Teacher Enrichment Fund through the bake sale and cupcake decorating
  • Over 100 students participated in dodgeball and floor hockey games with athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation

Riverdale Community Action Day was started in 2008 by Stefanie Donath ’91, Carolyn Rosen ’92, and Danielle Englebardt ’94 with the goal of teaching students that service work in their communities does not end upon graduation. This year’s event was led by Betsy Goldin, Elana Wexler Kobrin ’99, Solange Schipani, and Jaime Trichon ’97.