Developer Honored for Generosity

-November 20, 2012

When Kid's Kloset needed a hand, George Constantin came calling. Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) honored Constantin with its Corporate Hero Award Nov. 20 for providing space at 4 Gannett Drive in West Harrison to Kid's Kloset after it was displaced due to a fire.

Constantin runs Heritage Realty Services L.L.C. and Heritage Realty Investment Management L.L.C., both based in New York City.

"Mr. Constantin's generosity of spirit has been a tremendous blessing," said Stephanie Roth, Kid's Kloset director. "WJCS is more than grateful that he recognized the void Kid's Kloset fills in the community and provided us with a way to continue our mission."

Kid's Kloset, at 170 E. Post Road in White Plains, is a service of volunteer drivers who pick up donations at people's homes. The service was started in September 2011 and has provided a week's worth of clothing to more than 2,000 children in need.

Six weeks ago, a fire started in the air conditioning unit at Kid's Kloset's space in White Plains, making the space uninhabitable. With nowhere to turn, Constantin offered the vacant office space.

"The success of Kid's Kloset is totally reliant on the generosity of others – people who donate children's clothes, people who contribute time to sort and redistribute those items and people like Mr. Constantin who provide us with the all-important base of operation," Roth said. "He is truly Kid's Kloset's hero."

Constantin, who was also recognized by Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, said he was speechless upon receiving the recognition.

"There is something very special about Westchester," Constantin said. "There is a sincere spirit of community. Westchester has been very good to us. It's sad to see such great people in need. People need help and I am glad I can help."

Constantin said that in an affluent area like Westchester, people don't realize that there is poverty and people in need, and organizations like Kid's Kloset perform a valuable service.

"I was taken aback by the volunteerism that exists here," Constantin said. "It's very special."

Kid's Kloset expects to be back in its original space in a few weeks. That space was donated by WJCS board member Roy Stillman, who runs Stillman Development International.