Written by Alirio Guerrero, Director of Preventive Services
This past Sunday December 9, you might have noticed the caravan or heard the thundering sounds of nearly 80 motorcycles driving up the West Side Highway to deliver over 300 gifts and holiday fun to the children and families of The Children’s Aid Society’s Preventive Services Program.
For a second year in a row, we have been fortunate enough to partner with Michelle Dell, President of Hogs & Heifers Saloon New York City, her amazing staff and their customers. Their generosity and energy was overwhelming, from their commitment to the event, to the donations of money and toys and to the time they spent with our families on Sunday.
The day started with the parade of the volunteers on their motorcycles rumbling up the West Side Highway to the Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem, delivering toys and gifts for everyone. The day continued with plenty of activities for the children such as arts and crafts, face painting and airbrushed personalized Holiday stockings by one of the artistic Hogs, renowned artist, Mickey Harris, who came in from Tennessee in a customized H &H Cadillac!
There were hundreds of toys to choose from and at the end of the day, the children left with something they had been wanting. A catered holiday dinner was served to the families by the Preventive Services team and all the Hogs & Heifers volunteers, including Michelle, who took her time to meet and greet everyone on the buffet line.
The fun and excitement of the day could only be topped by the arrival of Santa who rode in, Hogs & Heifers style, on his orange Harley Davidson -- right into the center’s gymnasium.
Words cannot express our appreciation to everyone who participated this year and everything they have given to these deserving children.
The generosity of the Hogs & Heifers community touched many lives and it was clear from the smiles on their faces that they, too, received joy. We thank the Hog & Heifers organization and hope they know the incredible impact they have made once again on all of us at The Children's Aid Society.
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Photos by Lily Kesselman