Nearly 2,000 children received holiday cheer thanks to the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Gift of Love Holiday Initiative. Through an extraordinary partnership effort almost twice as many children were able to participate in 2016 than in 2015.
The initiative encourages DCHA employees and friends from other organizations to provide much-needed items for children whose families are under economic hardship. This year’s campaign reached more children than the previous 14.
The 2016 Gift of Love was held over the course of three days of activities. Santa and Mrs. Claus were at DCHA headquarters to distribute gifts for the first two days. Activities such as face painting, balloon making, and an opportunity for parents to sign up for the D.C. Public Library’s free Books from Birth Program were held throughout the day. O Some families that visited DCHA headquarters were greeted by Santa’s elves in a ‘Winter Wonderland.’ There were additional Gift of Love festivities at the Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center, as well as at Richardson Dwellings.
The event at the Southwest Family Enhancement & Career Center, sponsored by the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), served 80 children living in the Southwest community. DCRA staff was on hand to meet, greet and assist in distributing the Christmas gifts. The third Gift of Love event held at Richardson Dwellings was sponsored by DCHA and Exodus Treatment Center, with assistance from City Gate and the Richardson Dwellings Resident Council.
DCHA employees, as well as a host of community partners, made the 2016 Gift of Love possible. This year’s contributing community partners were: 27 Studios, Baker Tilly, Carbone, Consys, Inc., DCRA, D.C. Building Industry Association, D.C. Department of Veteran Affairs, EJP, Morris E. James & Associates, participating Housing Choice Voucher Program landlords, ReMax Distinctive Real Estate, Inc., Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC, Ron Butler/NYMIA,Inc., Symantec, Urban Institute, Exodus Treatment Center, A Wider Circle, Georgia Ave Thrive, Faith Bible Church Remixed, and EDG Architects.