Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014 NCS Holiday Gift Drive Wrap Party

Twas six days before Christmas and all through City Hall, NCS staff and volunteers were having a ball! With toys and games all lined up neatly in rows, we got to work wrapping with boxes, ribbons and bows! 

Ok I promise no more poorly parodied poetry, I was just moved by the holiday spirit because this past Saturday, Newark Community Solutions held its Fourth Annual Holiday Gift Drive "Wrap Party." This year's drive once again supported the Angel Tree Network, a program that facilitates holiday season gift donations to children with at least one incarcerated parent. NCS has been very proud to partner with Angel Tree to serve Newark families.  Over 125 gifts were donated by Newark City employees as well as local organizations such as the Trust for Public Land, the Greater Newark Conservancy, the GI Go Fund, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, and Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity Inc. Volunteers and staff mingled, snacked and wrapped all morning and in the afternoon Newark families began arriving to pick up the gifts.  Youth court members invited all kids in attendance to their arts and crafts station where they decorated sugar cookies and made candy cane reindeer and glittery holiday cards.  Some adults even got in on the action!

This event keeps getting better every year thanks to our dedicated staff, amazing partners, and awesome volunteers. 

On behalf of the whole NCS team please have a happy and health holiday season. We will see you in 2015!

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