Holiday Spirit Takes Many Forms

The Holiday Spirit took hold at Neighborhood House early in December when neighbor Martha Brown accompanied carollers in the family lounge, and it continues throughout this season of giving in so many ways.

Early Childhood program participants enjoyed  a special Breakfast with Santa.  Santa inspired the kids’ love, fascination, and probably a little fear, but everyone ate to their heart’s content and was in the holiday spirit! Many thanks to the parents who helped make this a family affair.

On Friday evening, over 80 kids and families gathered in the lounge for performances by Neighborhood House kids. Neighborhood House Youth of the Year Kaliah McAdoo shared her story on stage; youngsters danced, and after-school kids performed a play. Many thanks to Bethiel Girma Holton and Jason M. Holton for gifts generously donated in honor of baby Wesley, and to MPTV for the donation of animal hats.

The International Learning Center’s annual  Holiday Party featured performances by  refugee students and preschoolers, a visit from Santa, and a potluck meal. Many thanks to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls for generously providing gifts for all (300!), and to State Legislator Dan Riemer who stopped by to welcome refugees and acknowledge the richness that immigrants bring to our community. Hunger Task Force generously handed out free holiday turkeys.

Children at Story School Safe Place, a Neighborhood House after-school program, celebrated the season with generous support from WGirls, whose efforts this season ensured that there were gifts for each child.


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