Scrooged! Angel Guardian home dumps unopened toys, witnesses say

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Oh, sister!

The nuns who just recently sold the sprawling Angel Guardian home in Dyker Heights to an unknown developer apparently sent over a cleanup crew to haul away three dumpsters worth of unopened toys from the former orphanage just three days before Christmas, according to the office of Councilman Vincent Gentile (D—Bay Ridge) and a source at the Narrows Senior Center.

Gentile was on the scene for a Christmas party at the center — which occupies space inside the massive building — around midday on Dec. 22 when he claims to have spotted the crew filling up the dumpsters, according to his spokesman. Gentile moved to salvage whatever toys he could by reaching out to local organizations to see who could pick up the playthings, his spokesman said, and some of the seniors on hand even dove to grab the brand-new gifts that were strewn all over the street to give to their grandchildren for Christmas, the source at the center said.

The Sisters of Mercy’s move to trash the toys in the midst of the holiday season was heartless, Gentile said.

“In this season of giving, with dozens of toy drives taking place across the city, to see an entity like the Sisters of Mercy — or, should I say, the ‘Sisters of No Mercy’ — throwing out unopened children’s toys is an inexplicable disgrace,” he said.

Gentile arranged to send the toys he saved to the local Guild for Exceptional Children’s preschool in Dyker Heights, a spokeswoman at the Guild confirmed. The preschool caters to kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Gentile also said through a spokesman that the Sisters should ensure that the mystery developer it chose “should honor the community’s calls for affordable housing and-or a school on the property, as to do this in the cloak of secrecy is not a way to deal with the community in good faith.”

The Sisters of Mercy did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 5:51 pm, July 9, 2018
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SCR from Realityville says:
It wasn't feasible to hog these brand-new"unopened"toys for themselves,or sell them for a profit. So they did the worst of all. They placed them in a dumpster, to be destroyed. There is another possibility. Perhaps,this shameful waste,is a matter of the church's organizational policies;or even-due to local state/city legislation?
Dec. 27, 2017, 11:05 am
Jerry McCaffery from Dyker Heights says:
We posted a responses when the original story came out last week in the Brooklyn Daily. We value every donation we receive from the community and this is a very misleading story. Despite the Councilman's comments, the Sisters of Mercy had nothing to with the cleaning out of the buildings. As you may know, the Angel Guardian Campus was put up for sale about 2 years ago. Since MercyFirst moved out of 12th Avenue to new offices on Labor Day weekend, we have been cleaning out the buildings we have rented from the Sisters of Mercy since 1967. We built a large toy room at our new offices and moved lots of donated toys and baby clothing there. We relocated closed files and old adoption records to temporary storage until a more permanent site can be secured. We moved clothes and toys from 12th Ave to our other programs so they can be used in our mother-baby program and by families we work with. We packed up vans and donated toys that were in good condition to a few other charities like the Salvation Army, etc. For almost two weeks we have been filling dumpsters primarily with old furniture. There were also some old toys - some still in their original wrappings - that we either could not find anyone to take or that were not safe by today's standards to give to a child. We brought some items to the Senior Center that day when Councilman Gentile was visiting for the Seniors to give to their grandchildren, etc. We had a 12-31-17 deadline to make sure the buildings were cleaned out. There may have been some usable toys that were thrown out but if so they were clearly the exception and not the rule. Despite the Councilman's comments, we did everything we could to do the right thing with anything that was able to be used - toys and furnishings. Councilman Gentile was simply taking advantage of concerns by some neighbors who worry about what will occur at that location with the sale of the property.

Jerry McCaffery
Jan. 2, 2018, 10:30 am
Ed Cropley from Dyker Heights says:
I'm satisfied with the response from MercyFirst. Plus given a choice as to believing MercyFirst or Vince Gentile I would side with MercyFirst. I do believe Vinny would take to grandstanding on this (or any) issue. Happy New Year everyone.
Jan. 2, 2018, 2:30 pm

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