Share a 'Basket of Blessings' to Support Belmont Backstretch Workers


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The New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America (NYRTCA) is asking for support to provide woman living and working on the Belmont Park backstretch and the surrounding community with 'Baskets of Blessings' this coming Mother's Day. A donation of $100 will fund a special basket which will be lovingly prepared and include an assortment of food, toiletries, and special gifts. Each basket will be hand-delivered by the NYRTCA ahead of Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10.

“The mothers of our backstretch community have perhaps been most impacted by the current crisis, as they are handling the responsibilities of childcare and home schooling, which is challenging for everyone, but even more so with limited resources, a crowded home environment, and in some cases a language barrier,” said Chaplain Humberto Chavez, who heads the NYRTCA. “The New York Race Track Chaplaincy is in daily touch with the families we serve, despite the fact that we cannot see each other during this time in our physical office. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received to date which has allowed us to focus on meeting the most urgent needs of our community, which is currently in crisis and in need of basic food and supplies.”

To provide a 'Basket of Blessings' to a family in need this Mother's Day, click here.

The NYRTCA is also continuing to seek donations for its food pantry that will benefit backstretch workers and their families at Belmont Park as they deal with the many challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Donations to the food pantry made between now and June 6 will be matched up to $25,000 by Len Green of The Green Group and DJ Stable. Financial donations can be made online at  The chaplaincy is also accepting donations of food. For more information about what to donate and the drop-off location, contact [email protected] or text 516-428-5267.

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