800 Children Receive Toys from Arlington Community Trabajando
Lawrence, MA - Arlington Community Trabajando held its annual meeting and toys for happiness celebration on December 14th, 2013 at Central Catholic High School. 1,300 people attended the event thanks to our 80 volunteers who worked for many months to make the event such a success!
ACT is especially thankful to our 2013 toys for happiness sponsors; Toys for Tots, Central Catholic High School, La Mega, The Savings Bank, The Lawrence Training School, LMCC, Lawrence Youth Team, Polartec, ACT board of directors and many area small businesses for helping us deliver happiness, smiles and toys to more than 800 children from the Lawrence area.
ACT also presented the community champion award to Mr. Kendrys Vasquez, City Councilor for the Arlington Neighborhood. The Youth Leadership award was presented to Ms. Nataly Lora Quezada for her outstanding work as a youth leader. Both awardees were selected by the board of directors for their commitment to ACT’s work and the Arlington neighborhood.
Rafaela Pichardo, board president said “each year, this event grows bigger and bigger thanks to the generosity of the many businesses, volunteers and sponsors who support ACT’s mission to bring happiness and Christmas cheer to needy families in the Lawrence area.” She also thanked Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus who made a special appearance for pictures and family fun. Dance performances by Las Batuteras and Lorena Garcia’s Folklores Componentes Cultural Ballets.
Ana Luna, Executive Director, “thanks to our board members, James Jennings, Ana C. Silva, Ybelka Ortiz, Yvette Villa-Barry, Rafaela Pichardo, Derlin Gutierrez, Ynes Peña, Chris Comeau and Martha Soto, for working toward ACT’s mission to support 1500 people through our programs and services in 2013”.
Arlington Community Trabajando is a non-profit 501 c (3) community development corporation, founded in 1996 and dedicated to the revitalization of the Arlington neighborhood. Over the years, ACT has assisted over 3600 families through numerous efforts including homebuyer workshops, foreclosure prevention, financial literacy, business development and youth activities. ACT programs help families avoid foreclosure, educate first time homebuyers and prepare our youth with leadership skills for our future.