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Girl Scouts Soap Up Cars In Briarcliff To Benefit Foster Kids

Atria Briarcliff Manor -- where Emilia Almeida, center, is a resident -- recently hosted a charity car wash. Photo Credit: contributed
The car wash raised money for Cardinal McCloskey Community Services. Photo Credit: contributed

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Emilia Almeida and her grandchildren had the perfect weather to have a charity car wash at the end of August.

Almeida is a resident of Atria Briarcliff Manor, which hosted the car wash outside the facility.

Granddaughter Maria Capasso and her Girl Scout troop, along with Capasso's family, held the sudsy event to raise money for Valhalla-based Cardinal McCloskey Community Services.

Capasso is a member of Troop 2018, of Ossining.

"Cardinal McCloskey Community Services is a nonprofit agency that provides children, families and developmentally disabled adults with the hope for a fresh start to a better life," Capasso said.

The agency has 40 programs and services in 44 sites throughout Westchester, Rockland, the Bronx and Harlem." Among those services, the agency provides care for foster children; early childhood education; residential services for people including at-risk youth, those with developmental disabilities and others.

"For my Gold Award project, I decided to raise money for and crate welcome packages/bags for the foster children that reside at one of CMCS's foster homes," Capasso said. The Hayden House Emergency Residence and School is located in Ossining.

"These foster children arrive sporadically to Hayden House and more often than not only possess the clothes on their back," Capasso continued.

"I truly feel that creating welcome packages can help these foster children begin their road to recovery. I also believe that the packages will add on to the warm, welcome atmosphere that Hayden House aims to provide."

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