(NY) 10th Annual Shelter from the Streets Bus Tour

For Immediate Release

(NY) 10th Annual Shelter from the Streets Bus Tour

- General Information

On Thursday, December 20, The Book Bank Foundation (BBF) members and volunteers will come together for their last signature event of 2012; The 10th annual Shelter From The Streets.

The Book Bank Foundation was founded by celebrity sports agent, entertainment manager, and philanthropist Glenn Toby. The Shelter from the Streets bus tour has brought national attention to the homeless flight and how it affects the youth, families and crime in New York City. It is a cause very dear to our founder, Glenn Toby, since as a youth his own family was homeless. Glenn says, "Giving back to others is as important to me as breathing". Glenn Toby has been instrumental in bringing awareness to many injustices and has authored a series of children’s books that are used as educational tools.

Shelter from the Streets is one of BBF’s signature annual events and brings together the best in film, entertainment, sports and business to benefit the continual national homeless advocacy and literacy work of The BBF and to work tirelessly to give away donated items (i.e., books, winter clothing, blankets, personal products and toys) to the homeless and underprivileged during the Holiday Season. "The Shelter from the Streets will change your life….Come join us on Thursday, December 20th. Help heal the forgotten, lost and lonely" says Glenn. Some of the notable names involved with the Shelter event in the past are; 50 Cent, G-Unit, NY Jets, NY Giants, Free; former host of BET’s 106 and Park, Saigon, RA the Rugged Man and more.

For this event, volunteers travel via charter bus to each location visiting shelters in four of the New York City’s boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, New York City) and then on to the city streets to give away the remaining donated items. The bus tour will begin at the Atlantic Terminal, Barclay Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, New York, NY at 8:00 am. Stops will be made at  homeless shelters with various celebrities, businesses, community activists and volunteers. Television celebrities Malaysia Pargo of Basketball Wives LA and Karen Gravano of "Mob Wives", television news analyst and Fordham University adjunct professor, Vikki Ziegler and rapper Saigon; will assist and speak throughout the tour.

Current organizations providing time, funding or donations include Soles4souls, Clothes4souls, Glenn Toby Enterprises, Airia Consulting, Hand Entertainment and more.

So come join us as we change lives, and change ourselves as we give back to the community.

About the Book Bank Foundation Inc
The Book Bank Foundation is a literacy-based organization geared towards inner-city youth. With chapters in New York, Atlanta, Charlotte and Los Angeles, The Book Bank Foundation places a year around focus on the serious issue of homeless families, children and the destitute. Since its inception the BBF has directly aided hundreds of thousands of people in need through clothing distribution, medical supervision and counseling. www.thebbf.org

- Tentative pick up location – Atlantic Terminal, Barclay Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, New York, NY

- Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012 – 9:00am – 11:30pm

- Current confirmed locations  

  •     Intermediate School 33
  •    Jamaica Family Residence
  •     Concourse House
  •     Bowery Mission
  •     Auburn Family Shelter
  •     NY Port Authority, Bus terminal, New York, NY

    – Donated items – can be brought directly to the bus on the day of the event or sent in advance to
    John Lee
    c/o The Book Bank Foundation
    777 East 38th Street
    Brooklyn NY 11210

    For delivery issues contact Lisa at 706-358-5387


    – Items needed include (but are not limited to)
    *(note – all items should be new or in like-new condition)

  • Baby items
    • clothes/onesies/socks/t-shirts
    • diapers/wipes
    • bottles/sippy cups
    • coats/jackets/sweaters/hoodies
    • lotion/powder/vaseline
    • toys/baby books


  • Children items
    • toys (boys/girls, elementary to middle school)
    • books (elementary to middle school), comics
    • jackets, scarves, gloves, knit hats
    • underwear, socks, t-shirts
    • art supplies (drawing pads, pencils, notebooks, crayons, playdoh, markers)


  • Women
    • new undergarments, such as bras and underwear (A to D cups; full-coverage underwear)
    • coats, gloves, & scarves
    • warm socks
    • shoes (sizes 6 to 10; winter shoes preferred, such as the fuzzy off-brand Ugg style boots)


  • Men
    • socks, underwear, t-shirts (various sizes)
    • coats, gloves, scarves, hats


  • Full and travel-sized toiletries
    • shampoo & conditioner
    • sanitary napkins/tampons
    • toothbrushes & toothpaste
    • lotion/Deodorant/soap
    • hairbrushes & hair rubberbands
    • hair oils/lotions
    • band-Aids
    • wash cloths/hand towels
    • shaving utensils


  • Misc items
    • pens, pencils
    • notebooks, pads
    • thermoses, lunch bag
    • duffle bags, carry bags


- YouTube Videos

Q Da Kid - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AnFAVwEVMs
5 Horrors PSA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LAlddaHS4&feature=share&list=UUy4RS5ixrkvU154xvvraoqw
Return to sender - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5foWPxXVU8I&list=UUy4RS5ixrkvU154xvvraoqw&index=10&feature=plcp