BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer
What originally started off as an annual coat give-away, back in 1948, has morphed into an all-out Christmas party for the children belonging to the Wayman Palmer YMCA, 2053 N. 14th St., as well as for those in the surrounding area, stated Eric Williams, executive director, of the center.
As the children and their parents filled into Wayman Palmer YMCA, on Saturday, December 9, they were greeted by the festive sounds of holiday music, games, food, Santa Clause, and ultimately, early Christmas presents to take home.
As for Mr. Williams, and several other staff members, they played the role of elves, by gift wrapping, and eventually passing out presents, while Santa made last minute rounds, taking orders for any toys, that the children may have forgot to mention.
Anastasia Pollard brought her eight year old daughter, Sienna Lucas. “What they’re doing for the kids is wonderful,” Ms. Pollard said. “Sienna looks forward to coming every year,” she said.
Dylisha Brown was at the party with her three sons. They had just received their Christmas presents which were, gifts cards to a sporting good shop, and a video game shop, as well as a big present, nicely wrapped.
“This event is really good for families,” Ms. Brown said. “It’s a good feeling coming together this time of the year. I just love it,” she said.