ELIZABETH, NJ – Bayway Family Success Center turned its offices into a Winter Wonderland, delighting the dozens of children and their families who attended, Dec. 20.

Even more exciting was the room filled with toys provided by the Hance Family Foundation. Each child went shopping with the help of an Elf shopper, a student volunteer from Holy Trinity School in Westfield. They picked out one large toy and one small one. Hot chocolate and cookies completed the event.

The idea for the Winter Wonderland was the suggestion of a group of parents actively involved with the Center. “Parents who are interested are invited to give us their input about what should be happening in the community,” said site director Medji Jean. “Our goal is to engage the families in the community, to give all the families an opportunity to get toys for their kids. We want to give a shopping experience that kids in the community may not have.

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“We want the community to know that we are here and to get to know all the wonderful activities that we have here.”

Bayway Family Success Center is located at 688 Maple Avenue.

The Hance Family Foundation raising funds to support self-esteem educational program for girls, as well as local education and charitable giving programs for children. The Foundation was established in the memory of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance, who died in a car accident in 2009.