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Holiday Parties

Let’s face it: St Francis Food Pantries and Shelters throws a lot of parties! That’s because the upbeat mood of and informal and fun get-together is as nourishing for the soul as a warm meal is for the body. It’s also a great way to help our corporate partners reach as many people as possible. Never is this more evident than at the numerous parties we put on throughout the holiday season. There’s no way we could do it without the help of our sponsors, who this year included Amtrak, ConEdison, Chase, The Donaldson Organization, Macy's, The Meehan Group and Time Warner.

Typical activities at these parties include a delicious meal, arts and crafts, a magician and balloon sculptor, a meet-and-greet/photo op with Santa, giving out the toys we get from our Toy Drives to the children of our needy families, and raffle prizes for the adults.

Dr Kathy Gibson, director of the Grandparents Advocacy Project (GAP), one of our clients, had this to say: "GAP knows that no one does it better. The gathering, gifts, toys, games, the face painting – and the awesome volunteers. St Francis, you're simply the BEST."

The annual Macy's Giveback Party is always a big hit, bringing more than a 100 schoolchildren together for a holiday experience. Macy's volunteers decorate the room, make crafts with the children and then serve them all lunch. And then Santa and Mrs. Claus greet the children, and give them all a gift!