St John's Hospital Foundation receives grant from New York Mets-based foundation


The St. John’s ICARE Foundation received a $38,000 grant from the Amazin’ Mets Foundation for teens in Far Rockaway.

The Amazin’ Mets Foundation, whose name pays homage to the 1969 New York Mets championship team, the grant was donated to support the Episcopal Health Services Teens Project.

With the help of the grant, it will supply 1,000 reusable duffle bags containing products like shampoo, soap, lotion, towels, deodorant and feminine hygiene products.

“Personal hygiene products are expensive and often overlooked, which has a substantial effect on youth who are entering puberty. Good hygiene helps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and it helps boost confidence,” Nancy Leghart, Executive Director of ICARE Foundation, wrote in a news release. “We are so grateful to Mrs. Cohen and the Amazin’ Mets Foundation for helping us meet the needs of local teens in the Rockaway community.”

Incepted in 2021, The Amazin’ Mets Foundation is aimed to provide needed services and opportunities to children, families, and underserved groups, hoping to inspire others to make a difference on and off the field. The foundation has funded over $5 million in grants to over 100 organizations in its community and surrounding affiliate teams since 2021.

“Personal hygiene products support dignity, health, and the opportunity to thrive. Everyone deserves to feel clean and at their personal best,” said Alex Cohen, president of the Amazin’ Mets Foundation and owner of the New York Mets. “The Amazin’ Mets Foundation is pleased to support ICARE Foundation’s important work in our community.”

Also founded in 2021, the St John’s ICARE Foundation stands for Innovation, Compassion, Respect and Empathy.