Today Benton House hosted a Christmas Tree giveaway, offering trees to neighborhood families in need - and we managed to give away our whole stock of trees! That's 75 trees; 75 households who can wake up tomorrow to a sight of holiday joy!
The trees were displayed in the ornamental garden next to our activities building for folks to choose on a first-come-first-serve basis. Volunteers and staff helped register folks, trim trees, and load trees onto cars.
Inside the Ramova Room next door, families and friends enjoyed hot cocoa and Christmas music. At Benton House we believe in providing goods and services for our community, but also in providing the neighborhood with a safe, friendly environment to meet and socialize. Kids were invited to create their own decorative cookie - and then eat them! Others sipped joe and socialized, or perhaps simply found it too cold outside.
We ran into an old friend, Ray Carey, who runs a food pantry at Union Avenue Methodist Church in Canaryville. When asked what Union Avenue Methodist is doing for the holidays, Ray explained they run an "adopt-a-family" campaign where they donate toys and meals to families.
We wish the best to everyone who came out! It's times like these the tradition of sharing in the holiday season is truly realized here in Bridgeport.
We'd like to thank all the staff and volunteers who helped out at our X-mas tree giveaway, including Mark Lennon and his family, Megan McDonald, Trevor Griffith, Paul Martinez, and Bob Klee.