Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy Holidays To All!

On December 22, aided by several friends and community volunteers, Amelia and I co-hosted a holiday toy party for the children of the 4th Ward at the West End Gardens Community Center. After picking out a toy (or two!) of their own choice, each child sat for a photo with “Santa.”   
 While listening to cheerful holiday music, breaking bread and eating a delicious meal served by our friends, we were able to distribute over 150 toys to dozens of very happy kids—the smiles on their faces said it all, confirming  the old adage that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” 

 To all of you who gave donations, toys and time, we give you thanks; we continue to appreciate all that you do to help us make a difference in the lives of others.
As the year draws to a close, and we think about our New Year resolutions, let’s resolve to help our neighbors and assist our elderly. 

Let’s work on mentoring our young people (especially our young men), showing them by our own example how to be good citizens. 

Above all, let us be kind and respectful to each other.

May God bless you all in the new year!

Adrian and Amelia

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Party at Elm West

The holiday season is a time of year when family and friends come together to make merry, to have fun and to enjoy the blessings bestowed upon them. It is a very happy and special time of the year for most. Yet it is also a time of sadness for many parents who, along with their children, might not able to enjoy some of the simple joys of the season. This extremely harsh reality compels us to do something.

It is with this in mind and in the spirit of the holiday season that I will be hosting a party for about 50 kids and their parents at the Elm West Residents Association, from 3 – 6 pm on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Amelia and I, along with some of our friends, will have toys, gift cards and refreshments for the children and their parents.

We are collecting donations of toys and gift cards from all who would like to help us provide a wonderful holiday for those who are less fortunate. If you would like to participate and show your generosity in this season of giving, you may drop off your donations at our home at 535 West 8th Street. Please call (908) 577-0630 for further information.

Again, the party is scheduled for Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 3 – 6 pm.  We look forward to a fun evening with the parents and their children. Join us!

Warm regards,