Our San Francisco Family Resource Centers (FRCs) know how to throw a party. Well over a thousand families benefited from meals, food boxes, toy give-aways, and holiday parties with Santa Claus, jumpy houses, cultural celebrations, and arts and crafts – to name a few activities. The holiday festivities were a great reflection of the vibrant communities our FRCs contribute to.

 

Highlights from the festivities of December included:

 

A celebration at Excelsior Family Connections abound with food, balloon making, a snow table, arts and crafts, a baby play area, family photos, gingerbread house making and a visit from Santa Claus. Families could be seen laughing and chatting with one another and with staff. A real sense of community was felt throughout.

 

That same day elsewhere in the city, Mission and Chicano/Latino Family Resource Center staff welcomed over a hundred families to their annual Las Posadas event. The event had activities for kids, a procession, singing, piñatas, tamales, and a visit from the Three Wise Kings (Los Reyes Magos)! In the weeks following the event the center prepared a large food basket giveaway and toy donation giveaway.

 

Not to be outdone, the Joy Lok Family Resource Center held its holiday festivities at Gordon C. Lau Elementary School, where my son and I both enjoyed a magic show, games, and taking a mother-son photo. The festivities included a delicious lunch and an age-appropriate toy from Santa Claus.

 

The festivities continued into late December with more community celebrations and donation drives for families in need. The YMCA Urban Services’ Bay View TLC, OMI, Potrero Hill and Western Addition Family Resource Centers participate in many of the Kwanzaa San Francisco annual events as well as host holiday parties and donation drives for the families they serve. A particular highlight was the annual OMI FRC Kwanzaa event, held at the Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center. Community members enjoyed music, delicious food, arts and crafts, and a whole lot of community spirit celebrating this African American tradition.

 

Clockwise from left to right: Shelli and her son at the Joy Lok Family Resource Center holiday party, Gingerbread houses at Excelsior Family Connections, Community members enjoy music at the OMI Kwanzaa event.

Clockwise: Shelli and her son at the Joy Lok Family Resource Center holiday party, Gingerbread houses at Excelsior Family Connections, Community members enjoy music at the OMI Kwanzaa event.