I’m pretty sure that my local card store has already put out their Christmas cards, and while overall I am about as near to thinking about Christmas as I am to thinking about retirement (and that would be not nearly near enough), I was glad to hear from the Belmont Child Care Association this week, with news about their annual holiday party for the children of the backstretch workers.
On December 13th, the BCCA will host its seventh annual holiday shopping event for the children of Anna House. Last year, over three hundred and fifty children left with big smiles and bags full of joy for their families.
The children are invited to come and pick out gifts to give to their siblings, parents, and grandparents. When the children arrive at Anna House, they chat with Santa, and then, with a volunteer, make a shopping list for their family. With list in hand, the children enter the Anna House “mall” and pick out presents for their family. After the presents are selected, they move to Santa’s elves, who wrap and tag the gifts.
None of this can happen without the donations on which the Belmont Child Care Association survives. The children attend Anna House at very little cost, and there is no charge for the presents they choose for their families.
Please help make the holidays brighter for the families of the backstretch by donating to this event. The BCCA needs toys for infants, toddlers and teenagers; teenage clothing; and items for adults, especially warm clothing.
Last year I attended this event for the first time; walking with the children among the gifts, seeing them so thoughtfully consider what their parents might like, observing their delight when they found the perfect gift, I saw in action the good work of the BCCA and its donors.
We all know that the sport that we love cannot exist without the backstretch workers, who are all too often forgotten as we discuss championships and marketing and revenue. Their days are long and their pay is low, and thanks to Anna House, they can go to work knowing that their children are well taken care of. After all, there aren’t too many child care centers that are open every single day of the year, beginning at 5 am.
This year we’re all a little more aware of how much we’re spending, and donations are harder to come by. If you can, please consider donating to the children of Anna House, so that they can give Christmas to their families. You can donate by shopping yourself and bringing the gifts to Anna House (on the grounds of Belmont); if you are unable to shop, the BCCA elves will do it for you with your donation.
Tax deductible donations can be mailed to:
The Belmont Child Care Association
2150 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont, NY 11003
The BCCA accepts America Express, VISA and MasterCard.