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Video: A Special Holiday Party For Children

Viola Blythe Community Services Center hosts a a free holiday party for children who come from low-income families in Newark.

For its 18th year in a row, and its director, Debbie Caravalho, gave kids of low income families reasons to look forward to the holidays: presents, food, and a spectaclar live show.

The kids didn't mind the wait at all, even though it took them hours outside the doors of on Saturday.

Videographer was on scene to report on the unfolding of the special holiday event just for these kids. See the video above to see highlights from the event.

Mona Taplin December 19, 2011 at 05:49 PM
My husband and I volunteered several times to help at these parties. It really makes a believer out of you to see these little ones eagerly line up at the door long before time to open! When they came in they would receive a nice new book, appropriate for their age, before being seated at a table where they found a drink, party food and coloring supplies. Sometimes there were volunteers to paint their little faces before the entertainment began. Then they all passed by Santa in single file and received a wrapped gift from him and at the doorway on their way out each child received a new stuffed toy. All this due to the hard work and generosity of ordinary citizens, business owners,our city council, firemen and police officers who made it possible. I never once saw any pushing, shoving, fighting, or anything at all except very happy little faces at these parties. Volunteers sorted out hundreds of gifts into age appropriate piles, then gift wrapped them in Christmas paper. You have no idea of how much hard work goes into providing Christmas for low income children until you have spent a few volunteer hours helping at this event. The need is far greater than you can imagine.
Mona Taplin December 19, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Many heartfelt thanks to the Viola Blythe Center for organizing this event, and for collecting food and clothing for the needy all year long. Without their dedicated help there would be hundreds more families of all ages going to bed hungry and countless numbers of children walking to school without a warm coat to wear.

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