Another Christmas means another visit from Tim McLoone and Holiday Express! The Lehmann Center in Lakewood hosted Holiday Express in late November, and Schroth was visited in mid- December by the group, which included a band of professional musicians, singers and lots of characters, including Rudolph, the Grinch, Cookie Monster, and Elmo. Six Flags volunteers also joined in the fun and brought Sylvester and Tweety, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and of course, Santa Claus showed up! As they moved through the crowd greeting, giving hugs and dancing, the excitement was electric – students, clients and staff were on their feet to join in the fun.
Everybody in both locations received a gift from Holiday Express in a specially packed duffle bag. Gifts were age appropriate, with the children receiving blankets and stuffed animals and the adults receiving hats, gloves and toiletries. The schools received gifts as well. Holiday Express Giving Partner OceanFirst Foundation and OceanFirst Bank gave switches, toys and playground equipment to the Lehmann School, the Schroth School and Child Care. Our other Holiday Express Giving Partner, New Jersey Sand and Gravel gave money to the Schroth Adult Program to purchase three iPads for the clients. Their generosity is greatly appreciated!
Without a doubt, everyone at LADACIN looks forward to Holiday Express and the celebration of the holidays. The infectious music and group sing-alongs, the characters mingling with the crowds and Santa Claus’ arrival had everyone smiling, laughing and clapping. Without a doubt, it is one of the best days of the year at LADACIN Network!