BronxWorks Welcomes the Hance Family for a Special Christmas Event

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

On Christmas Eve, the Hance Family Foundation came to the BronxWorks Classic Cornerstone Community Center for a special Christmas Event.  More than  250 BronxWorks children from the Betances, Classic , and  St. Mary’s Cornerstone Community Centers  as well as children from the Jackson Avenue Family Residence joined the holiday festivities.

The gymnasium was decorated like a Winter Wonderland, and hundreds of toys were placed on top of tables so  children could hand-select gifts with volunteers. The special event was a collaboration of efforts between  BronxWorks,  NYCHA’s (New York City Housing Authority) Community Programs & Development Office, and the Hance Family Foundation and their team.  Before the gifts were selected, all in attendance were treated to an energized performance by the BronxWorks Classic Steppers, a children’s step team whose mission is to raise awareness against gang violence.  Santa even dropped by to spend time with the kids and posed for pictures while one of Santa’s Elves handed out presents.   

“It makes us feel spectacular. It’s Christmas Eve, we all sacrificed time with our friends and families, to give to people who maybe wouldn’t be able to get gifts if we weren’t here. And you’ll see over 200 kids come through this building, all of them with smiles on their faces, but at the end you’ll remember three, four, or five faces when you go home. It’s a spectacular and rewarding feeling,” says Warren Hance, Co-Presidents of the Hance Family Foundation.

The Hance Family Foundation was created in honor of three sisters Emma, Alyson and Katie Hance. The girls died in 2009, but through the activities of this Foundation they celebrate their spirits, their love of life, and the kindness and joy that embodied the beloved girls. The Hance Foundation supports children’s endeavors, such as our flagship educational programming: the EAK Projects, which fosters community spirit, social skills, and self-esteem in children ages 5 -18.

Special thanks go out to the staff of the BronxWorks Classic Community Center, NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority), the Hance Family Foundation and the volunteers from the NYPD and FDNY for their time and energy. 

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