On the night of December 18, community members and day laborers alike poured into the Chavez Center for the annual holiday party. While the children gathered around to listen to Christmas stories, their parents mingled with staff and volunteers. The Chavez Center was filled with a warm feeling of community, laughter and joy around a giant donated Christmas tree.
Following a delicious multicultural dinner of BBQ and Latino foods, the Christmas spirit abounded. A raffle of holiday goodie baskets and gift certificates elicited excitement from the members and children alike. Still no one left empty-handed as parents took leftover dinner trays and wide-eyed children toted their brand-new Christmas presents.
The night would not have been the same without the support of so many partners and donors. Thank you to Lighthouse Regional Church for the wonderful presents, Faith Christian Fellowship for food and volunteers, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church for the donations for the holiday baskets, and the Concord Library for the Christmas stories. And many thanks to everyone who was a part of this wonderful celebration bringing hope and encouragement for the future.