Carol Suchman may not be a name many are familiar with in this fast-paced world of social media, fame and hype. However, she has been able to create an enjoyable holiday for many homeless children this year. Suchman is a philanthropist and senior director at New York Venture Partners, a Manhattan-based firm. A local toy store near her home named the Hudson Party Store had closed down months earlier. An idea was sparked, and Carol contacted the owner of the store to see if the toys inside were available for purchase. “I thought it was so sad that all the toys were just sitting inside this closed store,” according to Suchman. With assistance from Liz Hopfan of the Free Arts NYC and Antonio Rodriguez of the city’s Department of Homeless Services, Carol has been able to accomplish the mighty task and dream of providing this much joy to underprivileged children directly.
A lifelong anonymous donor, Suchman was urged by Mr. Rodriguez to take the credit for her deeds to inspire more people to follow her example of philanthropy. In a statement by Rodriguez, he professed, “This is the first time anyone has ever bought out an entire store for donation to our shelter kids.” Carol plans on visiting at least one of the shelters once the toys reach the awaiting children. She did not share how much she paid for the toys, but understands the priceless joy a child experiences when opening a new toy on Christmas morning.