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Acts of Kindness
Local student raises
more than $10K to help
those in need
BY THE VILLAGER STAFF
Schneps Media salutes the good work and philanthropy
of John Paul Ciafone, who has tirelessly worked
to help those in need in and around his community
amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ciafone, a high school student at Columbia Grammar
& Preparatory School in Manhattan, created a GoFundMe
page over the summer in an effort to raise funds to donate
to frontline workers at hospitals and fi re stations. The campaign
raised more than $10,000 thanks to Ciafone’s efforts.
Most of the proceeds were used to purchase doughnuts
from a local bakery — Ciafone wanted to buy them locally
in an effort to support a small business — that were
distributed to frontline workers in hospitals in Brooklyn
The remaining proceeds were used to purchase hats,
gloves, and toys that he donated to behavioral health
patients at Kings County Hospital, a majority of whom
face homelessness. Ciafone, son of Gina Argento and John
Ciafone, also collaborated with Joshua’s Chosen Temple to
donate coats and toys to local homeless shelters.
The younger John’s acts of kindness inspired his younger
brother Anthony Ciafone to join him in donating the winter
gear. Together, they donated 100 coats, 150 hats, 100 pairs
of gloves and 150 pairs of socks to those in need.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CIAFONE FAMILY
John Paul Ciafone’s philanthropic efforts did not end
in the summer, though, as he spent his Christmas break
helping those in need by dropping off baked goods to local
hospitals and homeless shelters and continuing his annual
“The dire need for immediate relief grows large, which
is why it was important to me to give back this season,”
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