The Harrison Holiday Project was started nearly a decade ago, back in 2010, as a small undertaking by a few friends as a way to spread cheer and help local families in need during the holiday season. Fast forward to 2019, and it has grown exponentially.
Selflessly led today by Harrison moms Jenny Schenk and Toni Braiotta, HHP helped over 125 families (350 total people) this year, including elderly individuals, single parents, and children, ranging from infants to teenagers, all of whom are Harrison residents. Individuals in need supplied their own wish lists, and volunteers purchased items to fulfill these specific wishes, as well as money and toys.
Harrison Holiday Project has become a great way to involve children in the good deeds of the season. Not only did many who donated take their children shopping with them to help select gifts, but dozens of families also gathered this past weekend at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison to help sort, wrap and label all of the gifts. The kids had a great time doing their duty, sprawled out on the rug, decorating gift bags and filling them with an extra hat and pair of gloves for each recipient.
What a great example of community togetherness and why it’s great to live in Harrison.