WHDC Holds Sixth Annual Holiday Celebration & Toy Giveaway, Gives Hundreds of Children Toys and Books
December 3, 2018
West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) gave away hundreds of toys, books and other treats to a crowd of almost 400 at its Sixth Annual Community Holiday Celebration and Toy Giveaway on Saturday, December 1st at The Riverside Church’s South Hall in West Harlem, NY. At the WHDC signature event, World Childhood Foundation USA awarded the winners of a drawing contest that asked children to create pictures showing what “Every child deserves”.
WHDC-funded arts and culture organizations entertained the crowd with multi-cultural representative performances as well as acts that featured lively dancing getting the audience moving. The renowned Afro-Brazilian percussion sensation Batála New York and Everton Isidoro enthusiastically rounded out the show before educational toys and books were given away in WHDC-branded reusable bags.
“The holiday celebration’s mission has always been to bring together families at a performance that showcases Harlem’s rich arts and culture organizations while giving them quality toys that can enhance their children’s education,” said WHDC Executive Director, Kofi A. Boateng, PhD.
WHDC thanks to partners The Riverside Church, NYPD’s 26th Precinct, Columbia University, Carver Federal Savings Bank, Infrastructure Engineering and World Childhood Foundation among other supporters for their generous donations and funds to provide the children of West Harlem quality educational toys and books.
Special thanks to performers Every Voice Choir, Danza Fiesta, New York African Chorus Ensemble, Sabrina Francis, International Youth Fellowship Batála, and Everton Isidoro for engaging performances that had the whole crowd on their feet making the 2018 event even more special for West Harlem families and friends.