HARRISON, N.Y. – With 110 Harrison families in “financial crisis,” residents are banding together in the Holiday Project to cheer them up.
"Two years ago, the Holiday Project was started to spread holiday cheer to needy families right here in Harrison,” Holiday Project chairperson Ruth Singer said in an email to The Harrison Daily Voice. “This initiative has become the ‘feel-good’ project of the year, bringing our very own community together to help neighbors in need.”
Singer receives a list from community services director Nina Marraccini of those who utilize the Harrison food pantry. This season, 356 individuals, including 17 elderly and 136 children, need help.
“Each sponsored family receives a “Holiday in a Basket” that includes a grocery certificate, clothing, a toy for each child, a small gift for the parents and a pizza gift certificate,” said Singer.
To sponsor a family, you can send a $150 check payable to “The Town of Harrison Holiday Project” to Ruth Singer’s address at 68 Sunnyridge Road, Harrison, NY, 10528. Include your email address for an invitation to the wrapping and basket-assembling party set for Sunday, Dec. 16.
Singer is glad she got involved in the project last year because of what it means to help others.
“Making someone smile and just knowing that you kind of helped somebody” was the best part of the project, she said. “As happy as it makes those families, it makes me happy knowing that I helped somebody. That’s a really wonderful thing. It’s a win-win for everybody."
She believes being involved in one's community is important. “You have to take care of what’s in your own home and community first” before taking care of others, she said.
Call Singer at 914-588-3463 to get involved or for more information.