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Community Businesses Give Residents a Happy Holiday

Throughout the month of December, Little City resembled Santa’s workshop thanks to the extraordinary generosity of local community groups and area corporations.

Organizations including Motorola, IKEA, Holy Family Community Church and a private donation from John Castiglione provided more than $30,000 worth of holiday gifts to those at Little City. Everything from toys to electronics filled the conference rooms and hallways of Little City buildings.

“It was an incredible sight to see our conference room with gifts and donations stacked up to the ceiling,” said Stephanie Darnell, the Volunteer Services Supervisor at Little City. “We were truly overwhelmed with how much was donated to our participants. It truly demonstrated the spirit of giving during the season. Every day it seemed that we had a new delivery of presents that we knew our participants would love.”

Many of the gifts came straight off the wish lists provided by Little City residents and other gifts were special items entire households could use including televisions, refrigerators and other kitchen appliances.

Motorola alone gave more than 300 gifts through their donations and decided to include Little City directly into its holiday party by having a gift-wrapping competition. Roughly 150 people divided into different teams to wrap gifts based on a particular theme, for example, the Stars and Stripes team wrapped one gift to look like an American flag!

The event was not only a great way for Motorola employees to get to know each other but for those employees to get to know Little City and feel more connected to the gifts they were generously giving.

“Every single person I talked to said they enjoyed it and they just had a really positive experience,” Stephanie said. “It was cool to watch them all come together in a team-building exercise and it definitely raised awareness about Little City.”

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services