Dec. 28, 2021 – Lynne Corry arrived at Samaritan Daytop Village in 1997 with her newborn son and monkey on her back in the form of drug addiction. Located on 119 West 106th Street, the Young Mothers Program is a residential substance abuse treatment initiative that permits mothers with infant children to reside in an environment that allows them to hone their parenting skills while also working to beat their addiction demons.

It was here, while suffering from both homelessness and a drug crisis, Bronx native Corry put her fellow residents of the program before herself and began collecting gifts for them. What started 24 years ago mere weeks after she initially arrived evolved into an annual giveaway and the foundation of her very own nonprofit “Giving Friends.”

Now she runs the year-round program with her husband Joe and her son 25-year-old Tyler Smyth, collecting and hand delivering gifts and essentials to families in need of assistance.