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Final Cheers for a Holly Jolly Holiday Season

Final Cheers for a Holly Jolly Holiday Season

Categories: Blog, Featured News

People supported dressed in festive attire for the holiday seasonThe holiday season is always filled with joy and activities for our community. From winter dances, dinners, and residential gatherings, members of the AHRC community had several opportunities to enjoy themselves, with family, friends and compassionate staff.

The bi-monthly recreational bowling events culminated with a final tournament where participants received cozy crocheted blanket gifts made by volunteer Sharon Lensky and a surprise visit from Santa.

At the second Annual Winter Formal Dance with the Farmingdale Senior High School SMILE Club, over 100 participants sang, danced, and created timeless memories with friends new and old. One attendee, Emily Storz, who receives community-based services shared why she never misses the chance to attend a dance.

Photo of Marie Greco and Tina Munz

For many, the holidays can bring an added level of stress and isolation. For these struggling families, we are grateful Marie Greco and Tina Munz and the entire Greco/Munz family for transforming their compassion into action for six local families. One such mom found the peace of the season in their generosity after losing her job. The family took her sons’ wishes for learning toys, winter boots, and video controllers. Other families’ wishes included nail polish, Disney DVDs, new bedding and cozy socks. The family shopped, wrapped and delivered over 100 gifts in time for Christmas morning.

This generosity supported staff members as they made the holidays extra special for residents with festive parties at home and special trips to ride the Polar Express Train and dinners and shows in NYC.

View more holiday highlights below!