On December 8, 2018 we celebrated our first Christmas party with 39 families of the community.
As the families arrived, members of Trinity Episcopal Church greeted them and gave each person a beanie hat that their volunteers made especially for this event.
The children went to play games and make crafts while the parents enjoyed hot beverages and snacks. After a warm welcome message by Juan Carabaña, our Program Coordinator, all the children got together to hear Luis Cruz, a Farmworker Health and Safety Educator from Sampson County Cooperative Extension, read a story, “José Aprende”, about pesticide safety for children.
With the help of community leaders who cooked, and donations from our supporters, everyone was able to enjoy a hot plate of chicken, rice, beans, and salad for lunch.
We held a talent show where children danced cumbia, sang songs, showed their soccer skills, and delighted all the participants with their talents. The winner of the contest was a teenager who sang an Ed Sheeran song. As the winner, she took home a decorated Christmas tree to enjoy with her family!
The party continued with three piñatas. Children of all ages took turns hitting the piñatas while everyone in the crowd sang the traditional song “La Piñata”.
As the party came to a close, it was time for the gift delivery. Families lined up to receive groceries, and Christmas gifts for children and adults (thanks to St. James Parish in Willmington!). There were also raffles throughout the day, and each family took home a prize.
On behalf of EFMW we would like to thank the generous donors who made this event possible. We appreciate your support! Events like this Christmas party bring the community together and give us all reasons to smile, even when times are hard.
We would especially like to thank Debi Epler, who worked very hard to get most of the donations of food and Christmas presents. Debi also recruited a great group of volunteers who made this event possible and spent many hours helping us plan everything beforehand.
Special thanks also to Trinity Episcopal Church for bringing the beanie hats and a group of volunteers who helped with tasks throughout the day, and to St. James Parish in Willmington for their gift donations!
We are inspired to see the community working together and we hope that this Christmas celebration is the first of many!