Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens was chosen as the Charity of Choice for the newly-opened T.J. Maxx store in the Atlas Mall in Glendale, Queens. In celebration of their opening day, the TJX Foundation generously donated $5,000 to Catholic Charities and presented the check at Sunday’s store ribbon-cutting.
The new store manager, Eleanor Chimezie, presented the check to Msgr. Alfred LoPinto, Vicar for Human Services for the Diocese of Brooklyn, in front of a crowd of T.J. Maxx shoppers and employees. The funds will be used by Catholic Charities to purchase Thanksgiving Day Turkeys as well as Christmas gift cards for families in need throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
“I want to thank TJ Maxx for their generosity and also congratulate them on their opening day,” remarked LoPinto at the ribbon-cutting. “It does not go unnoticed that this new store has created more than 80 new jobs for people in our community. A decent job gives the opportunity for a new life.”
In the past two years, CCBQ, with the help of donations and volunteers, distributed more than 800 Thanksgiving turkey meals to the local community, complete with all the “trimmings” from the Catholic Charities Food Pantry Network. Catholic Charities has also collected and distributed more than 6,000 gifts and gift cards.
The TJX Foundation’s mission is to support programs that provide basic-need services to disadvantaged children, women and families in communities where they do business. In 2013, on a global basis, they supported over 2,300 organizations. T.J. Maxx is operated by TJX Companies, Inc., the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, ranking No. 108 in the most recent Fortune 500 listings.