Christmas Outreach Exceeds City of Newburgh’s ExpectationsDec 26th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: In Your Town, Lead Article
Community residents and local business people, elected officials and clergy, motorcycle clubs, film makers and the U.S. Army were among those who pitched in on Saturday, Dec. 21 to bring Christmas to local families.
The goal was to try to reach out to those that generally get little or no support from other agencies or organizations. More than 300 families with 850 children registered to receive the ingredients for Christmas dinner, and toys, clothing or gift certificates.
By the time the last pallet was emptied at the former Resnick’s Mattress Factory, 529 families with 973 children had received something to make their Christmas a little brighter.
More than 90 volunteers worked countless hours to prepare for the event, including soldiers from the 222 Chemical Company, Brooklyn and 104th MP Battalion, Kingston. Many others assisted with distribution.
“It’s all about Newburgh helping Newburgh,” said Mayor Judy Kennedy. “I am so grateful to all those who helped make this a reality.”