It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we come together.
From our Founder & Recipients
We were thrilled with the success of our inaugural “WC Summer Soirée” in 2016 and know this years event will honor the same mission of “helping local children with life’s basic necessities.”
Thanks for the support that’s made it all possible!
–Kelly McLaughlin Catania
–Sue Flynn, Chester County Family Academy CS CEO | 2016-2019 WCSS recipient
–Karen Hicks, Andrew L. Hicks Foundation Executive Director | 2017 WCSS recipient
Our HistoryDecember 1996
Co-sponsored by Sweet Melissa’s and Tin Lizzi, seventy friends gathered for the inaugural “KIDS CHRISTMAS NYC.”
After successful years in NYC, we moved to NJ where we introduced “KIDS CHRISTMAS NJ.” to enrich the lives of children in our hometown community. Year after year, we reached more children who otherwise would go hungry over the holidays and blessed them with gifts for their families. Each December, we raised more money to help these local families feel the true meaning of Christmas. We were able to help Resurrection School, Habitat for Humanity, the Alvarez and Hidalgo families, and sponsored two children with the Make A Wish Foundation.TM
When we were relocated to West Chester, PA, we met new friends and asked for their support in helping those in need. With great enthusiasm we were blessed with touching those children near our new home. We happily donated to the Levy and Toole families who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy, funded new gym equipment at the Chester County Family Academy, and provided financial assistance to the children at CCFA.
After identifying the needs of needy children during the summer months and sometimes the abundance of goods over Christmas time, we introduce the inaugural “WC Summer Soirée” to West Chester.
Previous Locations & Recipients
2016 – Chester County Food Bank, St. Agnes Day Room, Chester County Family Academy at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center
2017 – Andrew K. Hicks Foundation, Chester County Family Academy at the Church Farm School
2018 – The Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, Brian’s Buddies via Kidneeds, Chester County Family Academy at Arasapha Farms
2019 – A Haven, Westside Community Center, Chester County Family Academy at Thornbury Farm Market & CSA
2020 – Postponed