The Arc of Essex County Spreads Holiday Cheer

December 22nd, 2015

The Arc of Essex County celebrated the holiday season in style with a number of our consumers this December.  

Residents of The Arc of Essex County group homes and day program participants joined members from the West Essex UNICO on Sunday, December 13 at the Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell.  Consumers enjoyed a homemade Italian meal prepared by UNICO members, followed by dancing, fun, and a visit with Santa.  Each resident, day program participant, and caregiver was treated to holiday gifts thanks to the generous members of the West Essex UNICO.

On Wednesday, December 16 The Arc gathered at the Knights of Columbus in Livingston where Housing Assistance Program (HAP) families were treated to a full holiday experience complete with lunch, raffles, holiday music, balloon and face painting artists, and a visit with Santa!  Holiday toys were provided by Rutgers University Big Chill 5K Race participants and SaxBST, as well as new winter apparel donated by The Arc of Essex County employees and board members.

Additionally, frozen turkeys were provided for each family by Shop Rite.  To round out the holiday meal, turkeys were supplemented with holiday food items provided by The Arc of Essex County’s day programs and the Greater Newark Conservancy.  The Livingston Rotary and The Arc of Essex County Board President Brad Hopton generously funded the party.
The celebrations continued on Thursday, December 17 with the students of the Stepping Stones School. The kids welcomed Santa with great enthusiasm as he passed out gifts, enjoyed holiday treats, and spent time with their friends and families before winter break.

Finally, The Arc of Essex County board members and members of the executive management committee traveled to four group homes on Sunday, December 20 to spread holiday cheer by singing holiday carols.  The residents enjoyed the visits and songs as they prepared to celebrate the holidays.

The Arc of Essex County hopes everyone had a great holiday season and extends our best wishes in the new year.