SUMMIT, NJ - Forty-six children eligible for free or reduced lunches were invited through the after school programs at The Connection and The Summit Community Center to a holiday party hosted by Bridges Outreach, the second consecutive year the event has been held. The Junior League of Summit purchased half of the new toys for the children, and provided ShopRite gift cards for the parents. Keller Williams Realty in Summit donated the other half of the toys.

The Rotary Club of Summit - New Providence purchased a new coat and the Pajama Program donated a pair of new pajamas for every child. The Fortnightly Club of Summit filled a bag with groceries for every family. Bridges provided hats and gloves, stuffed animals and snacks, and Bridges’ Teens Tackle Homelessness Committee provided games and entertained the children. This was the second year that the party was held. 

“The holiday party was a true community event, with so many local 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."