The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the giving and receiving of gifts for friends and loved ones. We find ourselves bending over backwards in order to find something unique and perfect for those special people in our lives, and it’s all worth it when we see the look of joy and
excitement on their faces.
In a metro area like Washington, DC, where median rent has risen 14.4% since 2010, many people face a monthly struggle just to maintain housing. When the holidays arrive, a single mother of four can hardly concentrate on gifts for her children when she is constantly facing the threat of eviction.
Through a joint partnership with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, THC and its always generous volunteer network invited over 300 people to two area holiday parties, one in Anacostia and the other in Northwest DC.
Attendees consisted of participants in Samaritan Ministry’s program as well as THC families.
The volunteers were the heroes on both occasions. They brought great presents for kids and adults alike, and also provided delicious food and treats. They lead fun activities and games, including cookie decoration, arts and crafts, Christmas caroling and more!
And even with his very busy seasonal schedule, Santa was able to come to both parties and spread holiday cheer!
We at THC would like to recognize some of the awesome efforts of our volunteers that made these parties happen. A huge thanks goes to: St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, St. Francis Episcopal Church, St. Andrew’s Moms Prayer Group, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church College Park, St. John’s Norwood and St. Columba’s Episcopal Church.
From our family to yours, have a joyous and meaningful holiday season!