SUMMIT, NJ - Forty-nine children attended a community holiday party hosted by Bridges Outreach, where they received toys, hats and gloves, a warm coat, pajamas, as well as a grocery gift card for their parents.
The idea was brought to Bridges by members of Junior League of Summit (JLS), who purchased half of the new toys for the children. Keller Williams Premier Properties of Summit and Short Hills donated the other half of the toys, hats and gloves / mittens for every child, and ShopRite gift cards for the parents.
The children, eligible for free and reduced lunch, were invited through the after school programs at The Connection for Women and Families, The Summit Community Center, and PEP.
"Keller Williams Summit & Short Hills were thrilled to be a part of such a meaningful event. Our agents and staff came together and donated funds to provide the gift cards to 30 families in need, cold weather accessories for 50 children, and holiday gifts for 25 children, said Joanne Morgenroth, Market Center Administrator for KW Premier Properties. "KW understands and embraces the importance of giving back to our community. We want to make a difference in people's lives."
The Rotary Club of Summit purchased a new coat, and the Pajama Program donated new pajamas for every child. The Fortnightly Club of Summit filled a bag with groceries for every family, and the Summit Area Public Foundation bought canned hams for each family, helped sponsor the overall event. The Bridges Teens Tackle Homelessness Committee provided games and treats for the children.
“The holiday party was a true community event with several organizations coming together to create a joyful event for the children and the parents,” said Lois Bhatt, Executive Director of Bridges. "The children happily left with a coat and a shopping bag of gifts to put under the tree, and parents were appreciative for the abundance of food for their holiday table. Bridges is grateful to all our community partners who made this party possible."