New York City Architects and Designers Say “We Care”

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The gym at the The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center was bustling with little Elves taking care of holiday presents on Friday, December 10th at the We Care event. Approximately 350 preschool and early school-aged children from Dunlevy Milbank Day Care, East Harlem Center,  Taft Day Care and Frederick Douglass Center in Harlem, kids who may not otherwise have gifts to give to their families, created handmade crafts, aided by top New York City architects and interior designers. One hundred and ten volunteers transformed the gym at The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center into Santa’s workshop with a variety of gift-making stations.

Companies like Nelson and Environetics provided the children with individual “craft stations” at which they could design wooden photo holders, fabric wallets, tote bags and Christmas tree ornaments. As a finishing touch, professionals helped the children wrap the gifts so they are ready to give. Participants were also treated to music, face painting and were able to help their own Christmas wishes with a quick visit with Santa.

Now in its fourteenth year, We Care is organized by prominent office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. along with some two dozen of America’s leading interior design firms. This event is part of an annual, national program and dozens of Boys & Girls Clubs across the country participated, including The Children’s Aid Society of New York. Design professionals donated their time, expertise and materials, as well as decorations and refreshments, for the event. Sponsors included Certified Moving and Storage, and CORT Furniture.