Children living in shelters on LI, including Safe Horizons, Saint John’s Program of help for homeless mothers, Rescue Mission Alliance and other emergency shelter programs have received over 350 teddies in December 2016.
According to a Newsday article on homelessness on LI:
There are about 3,800 Long Islanders who are homeless. Half are children. Most are living in shelters, but as many as 300 are now on the streets, according to estimates from the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, which does a once-a-year count.