This year’s Annual Holiday Program for our neighborhood families celebrated, in addition to the Spirit of the Season, two other events: our 50th such Christmas Party and the first major event in our newly renovated gymnasium.
The program was attended by more than 1,100 people who enjoyed performances by the Friendly House Afterschool Program, Friendly House Teens, a clown act, the Imperial Lion Dance Team, Herbalife Dancers, Irish Step Dancers, Santa, WAIT, Ritmos Academy, In Da Zone (IDZ) and Novian.
– Gordon Hargrove, Executive Director
… and treats and parties!
Lilac looking for fun! – 10/18/2015
DON’T DISAPPOINT THEM! ESPECIALLY OUR NEEDIEST LITTLE ONES!
Please help the FRIENDLY HOUSE on Wall Street make this harvest and holiday season special for Worcester’s inner-city children!
Donate toys and CANDY for:
The Friendly House’s Annual Halloween Party
4 pm – 7 pm
All donations can be brought to the Friendly House. All candy must be wrapped.
If you plan on taking your family to the Halloween party:
Children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
From 4-4:30 pm on that day the Friendly House party will be open to the younger children (4 years and under)
Be there! HELP OUT!
Friendly House will begin registration for Thanksgiving Baskets TOMORROW, Monday, October 19!
They are in need of:
canned fruits and vegetables
canned cranberry sauce
boxes and bags of stuffing
boxes of rice and rice mixes
Friendly House’s Annual Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 20
2 pm – 4 pm for children 12 and under. They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The Friendly House is in need of new toys for kids of all ages!
… by Ron O’Clair
I arrived shortly after two o’clock, [Sunday], and the place was at overflow capacity, with people being asked to remain outside due to the gym being at capacity.
There was a police lieutenant posted outside directing traffic and manning the crosswalk.
I took photographs showing the overflow crowd.
As I was leaving there were still more parents and children heading to the party.
The place was mobbed. [Families had to be turned away, with a promise of a mini-party, including Christmas presents for the kids, on Monday.]
I asked [Executive Director] Gordon [Hargrove] if he had enough presents for all the children. He seemed to think he did.
Friendly House Executive Director Gordon Hargrove introduces the Friendly House Chorus to the audience. There were lots of music/dance groups to entertain party goers! The celebration, a decades-old tradition, was held in the gymnasium of the Friendly House (pictured below) on Wall Street.
Below: Worcester police officer directs traffic in the crosswalk to the Friendly House.
FRIENDLY HOUSE CHRISTMAS PARTY
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21
2 p.m – 4 p.m.
36 Wall St.
Friendly House invites you to our Annual Christmas Party!
Sunday, December 15
At the Friendly House, Wall Street
2 p.m. -4 p.m.
Free for All!!!!
Children under 12 years old will receive a gift!
There will be Music, Entertainment and a vista from Santa!!
All children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older