While BFTS welcomes holiday donations, we want to remind people that we operate year round and donations are always open. Without the generosity of kind hearts, we would not be able to do what we do.

The reality is our program, and other programs that help families, are ongoing, We rely completely on donations. Without that, we wouldn’t be able to operate.

In 2018 our team assembled and handed out approximately 600 backpacks. This year we will be doubling that amount.

In each city and state, there are resources to help people live a better life. Below are hotline numbers for the state of New York. 

You can also go to 2-1-1 to find resources for your city and state by entering your zip code. 


AIDS Hotline (800) 825-5448 or (800) 541-2437
Alcoholics Anonymous (212) 647-1680
Bias Hotline (877) 363-2427
Child Abuse Hotline (800) 342-3720
Coalition for the Homeless (212) 776-2000
Crime Victim Hotline (212) 577-7777
Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990
Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 621-4673
Drug and Alcohol Hotline (800) 622-2255
Elderly Crime Victim’s Resource Center (212) 442-3103
Employment Information (888) 469-7365
Food and Hunger Hotline (866) 888-8777
Food Stamps – English & Spanish (718) 557-1399
GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) (800) 243-7692
Homeless Services Hotline (212) 533-5151
Housing Court Answers Hotline (212) 962-4795
Immigration Hotline (718) 889-4000 or (212) 419-3737
Legal Aid Society (212) 577-3300
Mental Health Services (800) 543-3638
Narcotics Anonymous (212) 929-6262
NYC Housing Authority Application (718) 707-7771
Poison Control Center (212) 340-4494 or (800) 222-1222
Police Sex Crime Unit (212) 267-7273
Project Renewal Mobile Medical Van(646) 737-3753
Rape Crisis Hotline (212) 227-3000
Senior Hotline (800) 342-9871
Social Security Administration (800) 772-1213
Suicide Hotline (800) 673-3000 or (800) 273-8255
Traveler’s Aid (866) 201-7399
Veterans Crisis Line (800) 273-8255 x1

Reach out and help those in need by either donating or sign up to be a volunteer to help assemble and pass out backpacks.

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