Leading NYC Architects and Designers Say "We Care" to Hundreds of Harlem Children

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Designers Help Children Make Needed Holiday Gifts to Give to Families and Friends

Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society – (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society – (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742
Sabrina Thompson, Herman Miller – (w) 212-318-3917

Friday, December 10, 2010
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Children’s Aid Society
Dunlevy Milbank Center
14 - 32 West 118th Street (between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)
New York City

Approximately 350 preschool and early school-aged children from The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center, Dunlevy Milbank Day Care, East Harlem Center and Taft Day Care and Frederick Douglass Center in Harlem, who may not otherwise have gifts to give to their families, will create an array of unique and lovely handmade crafts, aided by top New York City architects, interior design firms and Herman Miller, Inc. One hundred and ten volunteers will transform the gym at The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center into Santa’s workshop, where the children will act as gift-making elves.

At individual “craft stations,” the children will make gifts such as ornaments, bags, jewelry boxes, fabric wallets, decorate gingerbread cookies, reusable totes, decorative puzzles, origami, snow globes, Santa hats, spin art cards, wooden photo cubes and notebooks. As a finishing touch, professionals will also help the children wrap the gifts so they are ready to give. In addition, music, face painting, and, of course, Santa, will add to the fun.

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 will participate, including The Children’s Aid Society in New York. Design professionals donate their time, expertise and materials, as well as decorations and refreshments, for the event. Sponsors include Certified Moving and Storage, and CORT Furniture.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org, or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.