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JPC Pitches-in For City Hall Christmas Event

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Utica, NY December 12, 2013--Johnson Park Center commissioned some of Santa's finest elves to give a helping hand to the City's Christmas at City Hall.

"We've always has a robust and very special relationship with the City of Utica," said JPC Founder and CEO Rev. Dr. Maria A. Scates, D.D. "So when we heard that they were doing this with the children and the people of the city, we wanted to know what we could to make it even more special for all of the people that came."

JPC gave out 136 wrapped presents to the children that attended the event on Friday. The presents were given away on a first-come, first-serve basis and were sorted by gender. Passing out the presents were JPC staff and volunteers that came to lend a helping hand.

"I help out at the Youth Center, all of the summer events and anything that really involves children and giving," said JPC Volunteer Susan Hendrickson. "When a little boy or a little girl comes up to you and says 'thank you', it really does just make your whole day."

Many of the presents were donated to JPC by Dollar General New Hartford Shopping Center, a store that has been a loving and dependable partner of JPC throughout this year of agency events. The decision to host the giveaway outside of the neighborhood-based agency's property was in part because of its relationship with City Hall, the mayor and the City of Utica – but it was also designed to reach families and children that may not otherwise know or have the ability to come to the Johnson Park –Cornhill neighborhood.

"We give out thousands of school supplies, thousands of building and home improvement materials, thousands of pounds of food and a tremendous number of other goods and services throughout the year," JPC Public Relations Specialist Marques Phillips said. "All of that is rewarding and all of that will continue to grow and flourish. However, we want to be able to lay down our heads at night and say we did as much as we can do to touch as many people as possible. In this case, we're just really grateful the City gave us that chance."

This News Article was written by Mr. Marques Phillips, JPC Public Relations/Media Coordinator