Music Stars Help Makeover ACS Children's Center
Celebrities Olivia Palermo, Sean Kingston, Trey Songz and Fabolous with foster care youth and NYFC Youth Advisory board member Jessica Jimenez (sitting on one of the IKEA chairs that the stars helped build).
In the spirit of the holiday season, Administration for Children's Services (ACS) Commissioner John Mattingly was joined by IKEA executives and New Yorkers For Children Friends Committee and Board members on December 9 to redesign two rooms at the ACS Children's Center in Manhattan. Celebrities Olivia Palermo, star of The City, and Hip-Hop stars Sean Kingston, Trey Songz and Fabolous lent their support to New Yorkers For Children by helping to build IKEA furniture and transform the teen boys room and the nursery into more warm and welcoming spaces with modern furniture and decorations.
Commissioner Mattingly thanked the stars for helping to make the Children's Center a welcoming place for children coming into ACS care. "We are thrilled to honor the spirit of the holiday season today by sharing this special partnership with New Yorkers For Children, IKEA and all of you, who are helping to make this facility a warmer, friendlier place. Today is just one example of the ways in which our friends at NYFC, and their supporters like IKEA and many others, have come through for our City's young people time and again," he said.
The makeover is a part of the IKEA Life Improvement Project, which helps people to build better lives at home and to improve the lives of others in their communities. The design expertise from IKEA will help create a space that will make a difference in the lives of children who spend time at the center for years to come. As a special holiday surprise, IKEA also provided furniture for the intake center on the ground floor of the Children's Center at the end of the day so that the "front-door" for young people who spend time at the Children's Center will be a brighter, more welcoming place.