NEW YORK, The United Arab Emirates Consulate in New York donated dozens of new winter coats to children in need through the Department of Homeless Services, an agency committed to preventing and addressing homelessness in New York City.

The initiative, organised by the NYC Mayor's Office for International Affairs and NYC Service, was part of the UAE's ongoing humanitarian efforts in the city. It was undertaken in line with the country's 2017 Year of Giving, declared by UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

"The UAE has made great strides in charitable and philanthropic work and it is necessary to open up people to the idea of giving back to society," His Highness said in a statement to the media. He further explained that the Year of Giving "focuses on enhancing the spirit of volunteering and encouraging specialised volunteer programmes that will effectively assist in social development initiatives and community services."

The New York Consulate purchased winter coats for children between the ages of 7-16 years. The coats were delivered to the families at various shelter locations across the city.

"We're proud to partner with the NYC to support families in need," Majid Al-Suwaidi, Consul General of the UAE Consulate in New York, said. "The project to distribute winter coats reinforces the UAE's commitment to philanthropy and promotes the shared UAE-US interests and values."

The New York Consulate is an active partner in the NYC civic community. Globally, the country is a major donor of foreign aid and is credited for the world's second highest foreign development spending as a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI).

Source: Emirates News Agency