Leading NYC Architects and Designers Say "We Care" to 400 Harlem Children at 9th Annual Holiday Gift Event

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Contacts:
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
Brynne Johnson, Herman Miller – (w) 212-318-3919

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

When:
Friday, December 9, 2005
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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

What:
Hundreds of children ages 4 to twelve from The Children’s Aid Society’s Frederick Douglass, East Harlem and Dunlevy Milbank centers in Harlem and East 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 furniture manufacturers. Two-hundred-twenty volunteers will transform the gym at The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center into Santa’s workshop, with the children acting as gift-making elves.

At individual “craft stations,” the children will make gifts such as mugs, holiday wreaths, decorative tote bags, picture frames, flower pots and beaded necklaces. As a finishing touch, professionals will also help the children wrap the gifts so they are ready to give. In addition, music, refreshments and, of course, Santa, will add to the fun.

Who:
Now in its ninth year, We Care is organized by prominent office furniture manufacturers Geiger and 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 and Girls Clubs across the country will participate, including The Children’s Aid Society. Design professionals donate their time, expertise and materials, as well as decorations and refreshments, for the event.

The Children’s Aid Society was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-sectarian agencies, serving over 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. For additional information please call 212-949-4938 or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.