The 2021 holiday season confirmed our belief that our supporters are as determined as we are to ensure that all of our participants had something to make their celebrations special. It was another challenging season due to the Omicron variant and increasing COVID cases, as well as supply-chain issues and other economic hardships–not where we hoped to be two years into the pandemic. However, as we have done over these two years and in years prior to the pandemic, we partnered with our supporters to help us provide some joy and holiday spirit for the families and households that need it most, and so many came through for us in a huge way.
Immaculate Conception School Donated Holiday Gifts For Families And Students
As they did in 2020, Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe, NY brought holiday joy by the truckload with gifts for our families. The donations included gifts for babies, school-age children, adults, and holiday decorations for families who moved into permanent housing. Students also hand-made cards and included them as a special token to our participants. Thank you to all of the faculty, parents, and students at Immaculate Conception for your generosity!
Overtime Larry Collected Coats, Shoes, and Warm Clothes for our Cornerstone Community
Content Creator and internet host @OvertimeLarry summoned his 300k+ followers to collect over 30 bags of coats, shoes, and winter clothing for BronxWorks participants at the St. Mary’s Cornerstone Community Center and surrounding community. He and his team joined BronxWorks to hand the clothing out this month. Thank you, Overtime Larry and all of your followers, for making this happen!
FDNY Hispanic Society Celebrates Three Kings Day with BronxWorks Families and Children
The FDNY Hispanic Society celebrated Three Kings Day with a huge gift giveaway event for BronxWorks families and children. Participants were able to meet with a team of firefighters in full uniform, take pictures with FDNY mascots, meet a K-9 unit, and pick out an armful of gifts donated by the FDNY Hispanic Society. Such an amazing and exciting day for our children and families. Thank you, FDNY Hispanic Society, for bringing joy to our community!
Holiday Wishes from Linklaters and USI
This year, both Linklaters and USI supported a holiday wishes drive for students at the Jill Chafetz Transfer School. JCTS is a public high school designed for older students aged 16 to 21 who have fallen behind academically. BronxWorks and school staff work with students to create individual academic plans to put them back on track to graduate with a high school diploma. For their holiday wishes, JCTS students were asked to share an act of kindness that they performed over the past year and to indicate something they wished for themselves. Many of our students asked for gifts for their families or for younger siblings. Linklaters and USI organized gift drives to fulfill the wishes of every student.
Turner Construction Company Sponsors Holiday Food Pantry
Once again, Turner Construction Company sponsored a special holiday food pantry at the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center. As a long-time supported of the BronxWorks Community Food Pantry, Turner donated special holiday food items, like pork shoulders, to bring some extra joy to our families and participants. Volunteers from Turner Construction also helped prepare and set up the pantry. Thank you Turner for your support year after year, especially during the holiday season!
Capitolis Throws a Holiday Party for Our Early Childhood Learning Center
Capitolis and long-time BronxWorks supporter Jordan Hamowy treated children and families from our Early Childhood Learning Centers to a holiday party where they could come together to celebrate. Participants received refreshments and a gift and enjoyed holiday-themed crafts and activities. Thank you to Jordan and Capitolis for your generosity. Our families were overjoyed to celebrate the holidays together.
Leadership Council, Old Maroon Rugby Football Club, and All of Our Other Supporters
The outpouring of donations and gift drives this holiday season was unbelievable! From long-time supporters to new connections, each gift helped to make the holidays so much brighter for our participants. The BronxWorks Leadership Council sponsored a holiday gift drive for middle school students. Old Maroon Rugby Football Club donated bags of gifts and gift cards to support the drive. Other supporters include World Vision, Sirrus Fund, United Neighborhood Houses, and the hundreds of individuals who purchased items from our Amazon and Target wishlists this season. On behalf of all of our participants, thank you!