ARS Holiday Efforts Extend a Helping Hand to Community

Children received gifts from Santa at ARS event

GLENDALE—The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA’s Gift Giving Event on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 drew hundreds of children ages 3-14, who were accompanied by their parents to receive free Christmas gifts.

Beginning at 2 p.m. at the ARS Regional Headquarters, which was decorated for this festive holiday event, Santa and a children’s entertainer greeted children with song and dance, ushering them to receive their gifts. The youth gleamed with joy as each who entered accepted a holiday gift and had the opportunity to be photographed with Santa.

Parents extended their appreciation to ARS representatives for organizing such an event, which brought such delight to youth in the community.

This successful event was made possible in large part due to toy and gift donations by a number of ARS chapters; students of the Ferrahian, Chamlian, and Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian Schools; Tufenkian Preschool; Homenetmen Glendale “Ararat” and Inland Empire “Araz” Chapters; the Armenian Society of Los Angeles; a faith-based group; as well as numerous individuals. The ARS Regional Executive extends its kindest appreciation to all those, who lent their support to make this event a truly memorable one.

ARS joined in to feed the needy

Christmas Luncheon at Glendale Salvation Army
On Friday, December 21, 2012, the ARS hosted a Christmas Luncheon at the Glendale Salvation between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., providing a free holiday meal to low-income individuals, families, and the homeless. All who visited the Salvation Army received a warm meal, including turkey and trimmings, vegetables, rolls, dessert, and refreshments. Similar to years past, ARS members, staff, and volunteers assumed all the tasks for the luncheon from food preparation to service. This event served as yet another means by which the ARS extended its support to those in need in the community.

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