The Arc of Essex County Rings in the Holidays

December 22nd, 2014

The holidays were in full swing at The Arc of Essex County this December. 

On Wednesday, December 10, the agency gathered at the Knights of Columbus in Livingston where Home Assistance Program (HAP) families were treated to a full holiday experience complete with lunch, raffles, holiday music, a balloon artist, and a visit with Santa! Holiday toys were provided by Rutgers University's Big Chill 5K Race participants and SaxBST. The Arc of Essex County's employees donated new winter apparel for each family member. Additionally, frozen turkeys were provided for each family from Shop Rite, which was complemented by holiday food items provided by the Gill St. Bernard School, which were collected via their annual food drive. The Arc of Essex County's Board President, Brad Hopton, generously provided underwriting for the party.

Residents of The Arc of Essex County's group homes and day program participants joined members from UNICO on Sunday, December 14, at the Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell. Consumers enjoyed a homemade Italian meal prepared by UNICO members, followed by dancing, merriment, and a visit with Santa. Each resident, day program participant, and caregiver was treated to holiday gifts thanks to the generous members of UNICO.

Just four days later, on Thursday, December 18, the students of the Stepping Stones School had their chance to celebrate. With live piano music provided by Stepping Stones' dad Jeffrey McGowan Sr., the children and their families welcomed Santa with great enthusiasm as he passed out toys and gifts donated by Novartis Pharmaceuticals employees.

Finally, The Arc of Essex County's Board Members and Executive Management Committee traveled to four group homes on Sunday, December 21, to spread holiday cheer by singing Christmas carols. The residents enjoyed the visits and joined in the 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.